This week’s video: While doing research for a book, a young writer (Starlee Kine) finds herself getting sucked into a cult.
Telling a story tonight? The rules and guidelines at The Moth StorySLAM.
What we don’t want:
Stand-up routines. Rants. Essays. How-tos. Confessions. Lectures. Fictions. Gratuitous anything.
What we do want:
Hook us in. Make us care about you. Paint the scene. Clearly state your fears, desires, the dilemma. Make us invested in the outcome. Introduce the conflict. Make us worried for you. Impress us with observations that are uniquely yours. Rope us into the moment when it all goes down. Conclude as a different person: triumphant? Defeated? Befuddled? Enlightened? …CHANGED.
Kind of applies to all sorts of storytelling, right?
Whenever I find a note or a photograph pressed between the pages of a book, I always find myself inventing a story to go along with it. Now is your chance to make that story up.
Submit an original piece of writing inspired by one of the Tumblr posts, and you could win a $50 Strand gift card!
What a cool writing contest! Do it, you guys!
Kurt Vonnegut on the principles of storytelling. Brilliant.
What can we say - the man knows stories.