Tag: Stories

The Memorable Story of Ulysses Grant’s Memoirs

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Ulysses Grant’s personal memoirs are a classic. Historian Ron Chernow described them as “The foremost military memoir in the English language.” I read the memoirs several years ago and I’ve dipped into them from time to time since. But it was only recently that I learned the story of how they came to be  »  Read More

You tell stories all the time. Here’s how to do it better.

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We love to tell and listen to stories. Human beings have been doing that since we first crawled out of caves. We use stories to explain to others what happened to us. We use stories to pack a lot of information in a small, easily digestible package. When someone says, “That reminds me of…” or “Let me tell you a  »  Read More

5/9/14: The Writing Edge for Business Writers

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You’re a businessperson. You may not think of yourself as a writer, but you know that writing well can boost your results and your career. Naturally, you want to do better. Every week I point you to one or two pieces that I think will teach you something or spark an idea or two. This week I’m pointing you to  »  Read More

4/25/14: The Writing Edge for Business Writers

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You’re a businessperson. You may not think of yourself as a writer, but you know that writing well can boost your results and your career. Naturally, you want to do better. Every week I point you to one or two pieces that I think will teach you something or spark an idea or two. This week I’m pointing you to  »  Read More

Story Structures

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Star Wars is a great story. Part of the reason is that George Lucas used a proven story structure, the Hero’s Journey, as a guide. Call them plots or patterns or whatever you choose, proven story structures have made stories and storytellers better since Ancient Times. Two ways to use story structures Use a proven  »  Read More

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