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What It Takes

What It Takes

Brian Wilson, Warren Buffett, Albert Einstein, and Ruth Stone

By Callie Oettinger | Published: May 5, 2017

[REMEMBER: Registration for Shawn’s Story Grid Workshop closes tonight. Haven’t checked it out yet? Dig in here: Story Grid Workshop]

In the documentary Beach Boys: The Making of Pet Sounds, Al Jardine said Brian Wilson “sees things I don’t think the rest of us see and hears things, certainly, that we don’t hear. He has a special receiver going on in there, in his brain.”

What is that special, indefinable “it” about Brian Wilson? Is it really related to seeing, hearing, and receiving? And, if it is, what’s different about how he sees, hears, and receives? What of the rest of us? Why aren’t we all walking around composing “God Only Knows” or any other Wilson and Tony Asher masterpiece? (more…)

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What It Takes

What It Takes

Ethos, Logos, Pathos

By Shawn Coyne | Published: April 28, 2017

This is the fourth post in my Story Gridding Nonfiction series.  To read the first, click here.  To read the second, click here. To read the third, click here.

We’ve been exploring Story Grid as it relates to nonfiction. And we’ve come up with four big categories/genres of nonfiction: Academic, How-To, Narrative Nonfiction and the Big Idea Book. As the Big Idea Book, at its best, is an elaborate combination plate of the other three, let’s pick it apart a bit more and see if we can suss out its secrets.

Where did the nonfiction Big Idea Book come from? That is, from what form did it emerge? What’s the tadpole version that has the potential to morph into a complex frog? (more…)

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What It Takes

What It Takes

Another Airline, A Different Story

By Callie Oettinger | Published: April 14, 2017

I flew on Alaska Airlines this week.

Before the flight took off, I witnessed a first.

The pilot joined the passengers at the gate to announce a flight delay.

No microphone. No airline staff at his side. Just him. His voice. His proactive communication. (more…)

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