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Lessons in Storytelling from Other Artists by Dana Sitar


Lessons in Storytelling from Other Artists

by Dana Sitar

1) Make yourself the villain

In editing the stories for my next book  The Hart Compound, I had a lot of trouble trying to figure out just how to make one particular story sing. It was tricky. I am trying to portray a particularly emotional time when I did some particularly shitty things, and for a long time I couldn’t quite get the right emotions to come out.

One brief line in this post about storytelling from Jeff Goins made me realize what I am doing wrong with this story:

“If you’re guilty of those [negative] acts, you’ve been the villain.”

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