Living a Better Story

In light of my recent posts featuring an essay (PART I and PART II) that talks about the power of Photography combined with Storytelling, I wanted to share a blog post by one of the authors I cite in the essay, Donald Miller. It is not a lengthy post, but it is profound. He shares the four primary elements of a good story. The point being that by understanding the elements of Story you can apply them to living a better story.

As I have found his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Yearsso inspiring, I wanted to share these thoughts with those of you who have not, or will not, read this book (though I do highly recommend it). Here are the four main elements of Story that he talks about:

1)  A Character or Characters (seems obvious enough)

2)  The Character(s) wants something

3)  Every Character must face conflict

4)  The Story resolves (in life there may be many resolutions of various mini-stories)

This is obviously a very simplistic synopsis. Miller’s book goes into far more depth about the idea of great stories being templates by which better lives may be lived. But if you don’t read it, you should at least check out his blog post.

So, enjoy these thoughts from Donald Miller:  CLICK HERE!

Cheers,
BJ

Telling a Great Story

At the heart of what I hope to create is the desire to tell a great story. Last year I read a book called A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. He is one of my favorite contemporary authors. This book is about what it means to tell a great story with your own life. I was particularly struck by this comment:

“If you aren’t telling a good story, nobody thinks you died too soon; they just think you died.”
There’s more…