Story Obstacle #3: Your Story’s Too Confusing
Have you ever tried to tell a story and found that the chain of events you were trying to describe was so full of zig zags and dead ends that, instead of a coherent narrative, you ended up with a confusing anecdote? Did anyone ever ask you to tell them how you accomplished something only…
Story Obstacle #2: Wishing Your story Was Different.
Last week, I identified Obstacle #1 to storytelling: believing that your story doesn’t matter. Here’s Obstacle #2: wishing your story was different. Both obstacles can arise when you believe that your experiences haven’t been impressive enough, your suffering great enough, or your life interesting enough. But you might also wish your story was different when…
Story Obstacle #1 of 10: Thinking Your Story Doesn’t Matter
The people who attend my storytelling workshops come from a diversity of backgrounds. Some are comfortable speaking in public, some are not. Some are naturally talkative while others are accustomed to staying in the background. But, unless they’re already experienced storytellers, they all face obstacles in the form of beliefs which limit their creativity and…
Make Tea Not War
Some of my clients are people who have written stories and want to make them better; those people hire me to be their editor. Some have never told a story and want to learn how to tell one; those people hire me for storytelling workshops. And some people are seeking guidance through circumstances that feel…
Story of the Week: Rubirosa
I’ve never broken up with someone because they were white…but I get it.
Representation Kills/Representation Gives Life
Representation is what enables the white establishment to persist in its lies and representation can dismantle those lies.
An Editor Can Uphold or Dismantle Systemic Racism
The racial composition of the publishing industry impedes our nation’s efforts to reconcile with its past, atone for its crimes, and learn from its mistakes.
“Five Reasons Why Representation Matters”
“Everything Everywhere All At Once’s” sweep of the Academy Awards was a giant win for Pan-Asian representation in American film, LGBTQ representation, and representation of people everywhere who have difficulties with their immigrant parents. Given its Oscar love, this seems like solid proof that people who don’t fall into those categories can still enjoy a…
Miami Vice: The Movie Colin Farrell Forgot He Made
In the summer of 2022, I watched Michael Mann’s 2006 Miami Vice more than ten times; I had an obsessive need to spend time with the characters which I couldn’t explain…
Girls Can Do Anything! (if they’re white)
A lifetime ago when I was editing extreme sports videos, the only women, white or otherwise, who showed up in the footage were girlfriends and wives.