‘Invisible Ink’ Author Brian McDonald Says We Need To Take The Future Of Storytelling “Away From Hollywood”
‘Invisible Ink’ author Brian McDonald shares his compelling perspectives on how Hollywood (for the most part) has forgotten how to tell stories.
This interview will help you draw personal connections between storytelling and race, gender, anthropology and, of course, video games. And those connections will inform your own process of storytelling in ways you never expected.
I HIGHLY recommend a listen. But make sure you have space on your desk cleared for taking notes and space in your office or home cleared for the primal tantrum of inspiration within which you will find yourself after listening.
Do the problems with YOUR story begin with it’s conclusion? (…or lack thereof.)
You might change your mind or even the theme of your story throughout the writing, but that’s no excuse not to plan carefully.
What do modern storytelling and processed food have in common?
Your story is not self-therapy.
It is the job of the artist to welcome risk and being afraid of risk will kill your story.
Why is everybody in Hollywood afraid to really tell a story?
‘Invisible Ink’ Vs. ‘Save The Cat’ Vs. Robert McKee:
‘Invisible Ink’ by author Brian McDonald is the best book on storytelling I’ve ever read.
Most books on story craft are either about screenwriting or prose and most of the books on making comics neglect the “storytelling” part of “visual storytelling.”
There are a few great books about screenwriting that apply to writing comics but, in my opinion, the two “best” books on screenwriting, ‘Save The Cat: The Last Book On Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need‘ by Blake Snyder (which I love) and the epic tome Story Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee (which, as a whole, I’m not a huge fan of) represent two completely different paradigms.
The strength of the ‘Save The Cat’ series is practicality where the strength of McKee’s book is how well he represents the transcendental aspects of story.
Personally, I see the craft of storytelling as more of a balance between these two extremes. Also, I’ve always wanted a book that not only balanced the transcendental with the practical.
As if I wasn’t being fickle enough, I also wanted this dream-storytelling-book to be about storytelling in general, the capital ‘S'” version of Storytelling and not just screenwriting or comics.
AND THEN I FOUND INVISIBLE INK…
…where author Brian McDonald systematically blends the ancient, spiritual essence of stories while equipping and empowering the reader to hone the craft of storytelling within his or her chosen medium.
The Golden Theme:
I’m currently reading Brian McDonald’s second book ‘The Golden Theme’. It is just as inspiring and so far, even more transcendent.
Both Of Brian McDonald’s Books Are Available As Physical and Kindle eBooks:
Buy [Invisible Ink] by Brian McDonald
Buy [The Golden Theme] by Brian McDonald
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You can read more of Brian’s work on his Invisible Ink Blog.
This awesome interview is from a show I’ve never heard of but am so glad I have. It’s called ‘The High Bar’ and you can find it at TheHighBar.tv
Listen to Chris and Lora review ‘Invisible Ink’ in greater depth on the most recent episode of Paper Wings ‘How To Write Comics That Engage Your Audience’.
What do YOU think? Do you agree with Brian?
Is it the responsibility of creators like us to
“Take the future of storytelling away from Hollywood?”
If not, what is our responsibility as storytellers?