Monday, March 15, 2010
Recommended reading :: Invisible Ink
I participated in Brian McDonald's Invisible Ink story class in 2006 and was surprised and excited at his refreshing take on how to craft better stories. He approaches storytelling and story structure from different and illuminating angles in his class and now his insight has been published as a book. Brian isn't afraid to introduce new ideas and has a very straightforward and honest approach, which I'm a big fan of. I could go on, but for now I'll say get it, read it, and put it to use.
A quote from Andrew Stanton:
"Writing stories is hard. They are stubborn by nature. No matter how many times you master one, the next story is obligated to conceal its faults with an entirely new disguise. Your only recourse is to keep writing, while concurrently increasing your understanding of this deceivingly simple, yet highly complex, organism we call story. Brian McDonald's insightful book does just that. Somehow, Brian has found yet another fresh and objective way to analyze how great stories function, and emboldens you to face the challenge of scaling whatever story mountain looms before you. If I manage to reach the summit of my next story it will be in no small part due to having read 'Invisible Ink'."
-- Andrew Stanton
Check your local stores and if they don't have Invisible Ink, ask them if they will stock it. You can also order it though Amazon.