Sunday, May 20, 2012

Telling Stories

I have a tremendous respect for filmmaker Ken Burns. His work speaks volumes. I ran across a short piece about him tonight.
He shared his thoughts on what makes a good story. It's a little over 5 minutes long and I felt compelled to share it with you.
As writers, it's our job to tell stories. Some of our stories are fact, and some are fiction. But if you want to move the reader, you'd better get good at telling the story.
I think this is true whether you're trying to sell lipstick, or writing a novel. The success of either, depends on how well you tell the story.
If you're serious about writing, do yourself a favor and invest 5 minutes and 21 seconds in your career by watching this piece of film. Ken Burns Talks About Stories.
I think you'll be happy you did.


  1. What a good video. He is amazing and I love everything I've ever seen him do. It's interesting to see the man behind all those documentaries..all those great stories. I do feel everyone has a story. I blog because of that and I enjoy other blogs for the same reason. People always say to me: "I could never do a blog, I have nothing to write about.." Sure they do..if they just wake up each day with the idea that it's their day to share and to enjoy. I enjoy your blog for that reason too! Have a good week of great stories!

  2. Hi...
    The film is very interesting! I've never thought about it that way...but I think he's right! The true story...that what matters...the rest is manipulation!
    And there are so many true stories to tell...
    That is amazing!
    Thank you for sharing. BShell

  3. I shall watch it once I'm home - as am at work and am sneaking in a blog comment or three! Thanks for the link!! Take care

  4. A thought-provoking video about the art of telling stories. I threw me into a spiral of thoughts. Thanks for sharing it. Oh, and I loved the music!

  5. Thanks for sharing this, Rick! It took me several attempts before I could view it on my computer, It kept starting and stopping and freezing -- then it occurred to me to turn off the HD and it played fine! I love Ken Burns' work and this was an inspiring 5 minutes!


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