Gameshows and Friendships

PD: The thing about this story was that it was hard to write - not specifically from a standpoint of it's a difficult topic or at least a terribly difficult topic. I feel like you struggled with the story consistently and that you kept having iterations of versions of the story over and over and over again. And none of them exactly seem to land where you wanted them to.

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The Law of Threes

SH: Today we're talking about sequels. And no we're not going to be talking about The Godfather Part 3 again. But curiously enough this would be the third time that it was mentioned on this podcast. Should we go there or not go there?

PD: I love the Godfather Part 3. That has been a stance that I've always had and have made my point on this show multiple times about how much I love The Godfather Part 3. You have refused to see The Godfather Part 3 and I find that offensive.

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What Happened

PD: Welcome to the podcast! If you’re confused, tweet #SWDTconfused at @jeffreypauldore and @Steho_. We are very excited because we are back on a little bit of a roll of including stories again.

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Houses Hold Stories

SH: Today we're going to talk a little bit about venues because two of our last shows were in new venues and that's always exciting for us in part because it's actually how our show has grown. People invite their friends to their house for this thing and the more people learn about us, the more each new venue brings a whole different vibe to the experience.

PD: We were at an event the other night and somebody asked me all about the importance of doing the live show in houses. We didn't realize how important this was going to be and it was almost an arbitrary decision. We didn't know really what was going to happen and it was like let's just do this at your apartment. There wasn't necessarily a big theory behind it at the beginning.

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Stories of Home

This blog includes transcriptions from our Stories of Home podcast minis-series. Have a listen to all the episodes on the Stories We Don’t Tell Podcast. As of this posting, there still might be some tickets left for Stories of Home on Thursday, November 23rd, but they’re going fast! Tickets available at Eventbrite.

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Cut! Cut Cut!

This is part four of our five part series: don't take this advice. But, if you're going to take one piece of advice, make it this one: cut, cut, cut. Basically: edit, edit, edit.

This might seem very obvious. Every piece of advice usually seems obvious but people don't do it. People just don't do it. When people don't edit, they don't fully understand what their story is about. And so they think they need to include a whole bunch of other information that doesn't necessarily relate to their actual story. And so they include a lot of parts at the beginning getting the audience all caught up, when a lot of those details might not matter. It really comes down to knowing what your story actually is about.

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This is part 3 of our five part series: don't take this advice. In this episode we're talking about context and setting the scene.

We think it can it can take different forms. First, you want to place people in the environment with you. It depends on what kind of story you're telling, what kind of tone it is, what the theme is and what you're trying to accomplish with it. Remember that you are guiding an audience to go along with you in the story - whether emotionally or you just want them to enjoy the story or whatever. We think it is important to place yourself or whatever the story is about in some type of context. Where it is or what we're talking about here.

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Find your moment.

Welcome to the Stories We Don't Tell Podcast and our mini-series about 'not taking our advice'. The idea here is you can write a great story without this advice. But if you get stuck maybe this helps.

So, you've got a whole bunch of words written down and you're trying to figure out where the story is. Today we're looking at finding your moment and slowing things down. First you define the moment. Finding that thing that happens - the one moment that really matters to you and inspired you to write the story in the first place.

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Write it all out.

This is a five part series to open up Season 3 of the podcast and we're calling it 'don't take this advice'. So it's five pieces of advice that you don't have to follow but that if you're feeling stuck these are some things you can do.

These are also just some tricks and tips that we've learned after doing this for years and participating in a lot of workshops and helping guide a lot of people through their stories. These are just things that we either keep coming back to or that just seemed to be helpful.

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