Olaojo Aiyegbayo

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Don’t Be “Commatose”: A Quick Guide to Using Commas

Unlike the hipster semicolon, the misunderstood colon, and the purposely avoided dash (both the en- and em- variety), the comma is used every day, …

10 Vital Storytelling Lessons I Learned from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

<i>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</i> rocked our world, and it remains one of the all-time greatest TV shows. The story of a fated vampire-hunter who tries to …

'We must all be better storytellers'

When I joined the industry as a games journalist in 1998, no-one was really paying much attention to story and character.<p>Narrative work was being …

Storytelling secrets of 10 great leaders

<b>In a busy market, getting your company’s story to the attention of potential customers can be challenging. In new book The Storyteller’s Secret</b> …

Inside the Genius of Radiolab and Why It's So Addictive

“The simple act of telling a story,” says Jad Abumrad, “feels musical, deeply musical.” The founder and co-host of the nationally syndicated public …

Nancy Reagan Turned Down Rock Hudson’s Plea For Help Nine Weeks Before He Died

Rock Hudson was desperately trying to get treatment for AIDS in France in 1985. Much of that story has been told, but one part hasn’t: After a simple plea came in for White House help to get Hudson transferred to another hospital, First Lady Nancy Reagan turned down the request.<p>On a Sunday evening …

To-Do List Apps; Five to Use Instead of Reminders

If creating to-do lists and settings reminders is your favorite way to stay organized, you might want to consider ditching the native iOS Reminders app for a third-party upgrade. There are plenty of options on the market that are easy to use and incorporate additional functions. Here’s a list of …

This Easy Hack Lets You Play Music On YouTube WHILE Using Other Apps On Your iPhone

LIFE. OFFICIALLY. CHANGED.<p>H/t Short List.

O Unlucky Man: Fortune never smiled on Sonny Liston

<i>In honor of Sports Illustrated's 60th anniversary, SI.com is republishing 60 of the best stories to ever run in the magazine. Today's selection is "O</i> …

Paris Review - Maya Angelou, The Art of Fiction No. 119

Interviewed by George Plimpton<p>Issue 116, Fall 1990<p>This interview was conducted on the stage of the YMHA on Manhattan’s upper East Side. A large audience, predominantly women, was on hand, filling indeed every seat, with standees in the back . . . a testament to Maya Angelou’s drawingpower. Close to …

Chris Jones: Nine Rules for Creative Work

<i>The Power of Storytelling international conference in Bucharest just concluded its fifth edition in October, and thanks to conference founder</i> …

Creativity

Paris Review - James Baldwin, The Art of Fiction No. 78

Interviewed by Jordan Elgrably<p>Issue 91, Spring 1984<p>James Baldwin in Hyde Park, London. Photograph by Allan Warren, <i>The Paris Review</i> No. 129.<p>This interview was conducted in the two places dearest to James Baldwin’s struggle as a writer. We met first in Paris, where he spent the first nine years of a …

How Jane Vonnegut Made Kurt Vonnegut a Writer

Kurt Vonnegut, at age twenty-two, didn’t know what to do with himself. It was autumn, 1945. He was back from Europe, having survived the firebombing of Dresden as a prisoner of war, and he had convinced the love of his life, Jane Cox, to marry him. Beyond that, he had no positive ideas, only …

Literature

The Color of Love

The feared and hated head of Columbia Pictures, Harry Cohn, created Kim Novak to be his perfect blonde star, and with her performence in Alfred Hitchcock’sVertigo, she seemed to have fulfilled his dream. But, in 1957, she fell in love with Sammy Davis Jr., who, with his immense popularity, was …

Notes from a Pitching Novice

Here are my pitching tips, as learned from nervously preparing and eventually participating in AIR’s Pitch Panel at the Third Coast International …

All Stories Are the Same

From Avatar to The Wizard of Oz, Aristotle to Shakespeare, there’s one clear form that dramatic storytelling has followed since its inception.<p>A ship lands on an alien shore and a young man, desperate to prove himself, is tasked with befriending the inhabitants and extracting their secrets. …

Literature

Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories

Their history informs fantastical myths and legends, while American tales tend to focus on moral realism.<p>If Harry Potter and Huckleberry Finn were each to represent British versus American children’s literature, a curious dynamic would emerge: In a literary duel for the hearts and minds of …

Books

The higher power of Russell Wilson

<i>This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Jan. 4 Championship Drive Issue. Subscribe today!</i><p><b>AT 9 A.M. ON</b> Sunday, Oct. 18, after a choir of serene, …

Pete Carroll

WHAT’S YOUR STORY: Creating a Successful Writing Practice

Script Editor Karol Griffiths gives 11 tips on how to establish a writing practice to help you achieve success in your career and the quality of your …

Writing

Get Rich or Die Vlogging: The Sad Economics of Internet Fame

It was all so painfully awkward. That night, Brittany Ashley, a lesbian stoner in red lipstick, was at Eveleigh, a popular farm-to-table spot in West …

Social Media

Inside Hillsong, the Church of Choice for Justin Bieber and Kevin Durant

It’s the church of choice for Bieber and Durant. It’s where the cool kids spend Sunday morning after Saturday night at the club. For ye of little faith, it’s hard to make sense out of Hillsong. Is it legit? Is it a hipster cult? And why’s everyone wearing Saint Laurent? GQ’s Taffy Brodesser-Akner …

George Saunders- Extras (Writing Tricks)

The Art and Heart of Travel Storytelling

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Telling stories is one of humankind’s abiding, defining impulses.<p>The cave paintings at Lascaux in France and the Aboriginal wall paintings in Australia’s Kakadu National Park are very early examples of this—of people trying to make sense of their experience, and trying to …

What to leave out and what to leave in

Lots of writers — myself included — have stressed the importance of subtraction, or <i>knowing what to leave out</i>.Mark Twain: “A successful book is not …

Mark Twain

7 Tips On Emotional Storytelling, Pixar-Style, From The Writer Of “Inside Out” And “The Good Dinosaur”

Riley [from <i>Inside Out</i>] and Arlo [from <i>The Good Dinosaur</i>] are both around the same age and they’re both coping with a loss that feels bigger than what …

Animation

Unfollow

How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question its beliefs.<p>On December 1, 2009, to commemorate World <i>AIDS</i> Day, Twitter announced a promotion: if users employed the hashtag #red, their tweets would appear highlighted in red. Megan Phelps-Roper, a twenty-three-year-old legal …

Religion

How an episode of The Simpsons is made

After receiving notes and some creative direction, an episode’s writer takes two weeks to pen a first draft. "Almost all of the writing is done here at the Fox [lot] in one of two rewrite rooms," says Al Jean, who at the time of the interview is deep into production of the show’s upcoming 27th …

TV shows