2009 Ira Glass Tells a Story About Stories

A few years ago, I came across a pretty interesting series of video interviews featuring all-American nerd, Ira Glass. Unfortunately, the video links are no longer available – though this link includes some transcript. Here are a few of my favorite quotations, which get into how to tell a story and what it’s like to do creative work:

pexels-photo-298018Story Structure: Anecdote + Moment of Reflection

“When you have one thing leading to the next, leading to the next, you can feel inherently that you’re on a train that has a destination.”

“Constantly raise and answer questions from the beginning of the story.”

pexels-photo-46274Finding and Killing Stories

“Often the amount of time finding the decent story is more than the amount of time it takes to produce the story.”

“By killing you will make something else even better live.”

pexels-photo-261510The Gap between Your Work and Your Ambitions

“The most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week or every month you know you’re going to finish one story.”

pexels-photo-288583Be Yourself (with Other People)

“The more you are actually your own self, the better off you are.”

“Even if it’s a first-person story documenting your life, what’s interesting isn’t just your take on things, it’s seeing you interact with other people… otherwise there’s no drama.”