Nov 10, 2014

I Care! Maybe you will too?

by Sofie Couch

Every once in a while, I need to be reminded about my goal in writing a story. Okay, I know WHY I'm writing the story. It's because I care... about something. A character, a situation, a setting, etc. But I often forget that my goal, is to make the reader care too.

So this morning, when I was looking for some Monday morning inspiration, I ran across this Ted Talk, "How to Tell a Story". In it, speaker and storyteller, Andrew Stanton, reminds us why we read a story and the author's goal.

And that was what drew me in about my latest book club's book of the month, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Honestly, I was afraid, (based on the title and cover art) that this was going to be a little depressing. I mean, honestly, a train full of orphans being sent across the country to find new homes? That's some serious potential for depression. But almost immediately I was struck by the author's ability to tell a story and to make me care. It's actually a story about optimism.

There you have it. I have nothing more to offer you than to say, "make your reader care" and in order to do that, you (storyteller) have to care. So go out and write something - and care about it - and make me care about it.

Happy Monday!



2 comments:

  1. Hi, Sofie! Excellent Monday motivation! And thank you for pointing me to Andrew's TED Talk. Good stuff.

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    1. Hey Denise. Happy to oblige. He's great, isn't he? And on a similar note, whenever a new Pixar film comes out, they usually have a short that airs before the feature film. Check those out. In six minutes, they can make you care about an inanimate object! Awesome.

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