CHAPTER 3Training Your Brain

GOOD STORYTELLING IS not a skill set. It is not achieved by following a recipe. Skill sets and recipes only work on mechanical things and systems that don’t think for themselves. Things that do think for themselves—humans—have no reliable operator manual or blueprint. Thus we can never have a reliable recipe or skill set for storytelling. At best we can learn to adopt a frame of reference that reveals the stories and subjective interpretations at play.

Storytelling flows from a particular state of mind. Good storytellers live in, or can step into, a philosophical framework that is different from how most of us usually think. Once you have a map of this philosophical frame you can step into it at will. My guess is ...

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