A great story

Below is a talk Andrew Stanton (writer of Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo and Wall-E) gave on ‘Clues to a Great Story’.

One of his theories really resonated with me – he calls it the unifying theory of 2+2. His explanation was that you don’t give the audience the answer, you let them work it out for themselves, so don’t give them 4, give them 2+2.

There are a few other points that struck a chord, but I’ll let you watch for yourself…

(Source: Ted.com)

4 comments on “A great story

  1. I’ll have to watch this later. Sounds like it might be interesting.

  2. I have started noticing that in my own writing. As I’m editing, I’m deleting those obvious conclusions in favor of trusting my reader. Good point!

    • It’s easy to put them in. I’ve done the same in my writing even though as a reader I hate it when the author hammers a point home over and over.

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