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.”