Watch Andrew Stanton’s TED Talk on Clues to a Great Story and Read About My Promise to You

This week I am going to share something a little different with you. It’s a TED Talk from one of the filmmakers behind some of Disney and Pixar’s top films, Andrew Stanton. “WALL-E,” “Finding Nemo” and “Toy Story” are all Stanton’s creations. During the talk he brings up several points I found relatable as both a writer and a person. He talks about how a well-developed story can inspire wonder with its audience. These two things – wonder and relatability – are what I love to experience in a story. Don’t you agree?

“Finding Nemo” is one of my favourite movies because of Stanton’s success with its development. If you have not seen “Finding Nemo,” you must. It’s the story of a relationship between a father, Marlin, and his son, Nemo. Marlin is not ready for Nemo to grow up. When Nemo gets fed up with Marlin’s resistance to giving him independence, he rebels. But his rebellion gets him into some trouble. The film follows Marlin as he tries to help his son and restore order. It’s a lovely, well-crafted story about what a parent is willing to do for their child. On some level, we have all wanted independence, and perhaps some of us have gotten into trouble in doing so. Perhaps… 😉  I am not a parent, but I can feel Marlin’s pain and worry throughout the film. We all understand his love for Nemo. The relatability is clear, but where is the wonder? Well, Marlin and Nemo are clownfish living in a sea anemone on the Great Barrier Reef!

The reason I am sharing this with you instead of my usual “A Gift from Aurth” post is because I have nothing ready this week. I did not reach my deadline. Actually, I ignored it! I ignored it because I was focusing on writing an ebook for the blog and developing the story further. This, in combination with my job, left me no time to write the post I had intended for this week. Going forward, my posts will become a bit less consistent than they have been. I want to provide you with fresh content, but I also want to focus on writing the story. It’s impossible to do it all.

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In the beginning of Stanton’s talk, he gives a quote that references a scene he shares from his film “John Carter.” Stanton talks about the responsibility of storytellers to their viewers and readers. He says, “Making a promise to you that this story will lead you somewhere that is worth your time.”

This is a promise I would like to make to you. I promise this blog is worth following to see the development of “A Gift from Aurth.” I promise, it will be worth it. 🙂

Check out Andrew Stanton’s TED Talk about the clues to a great story. Press play!

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