Story Structure Tips

Every good story has meaning!

We humans are undeniably creatures of story.  Think of how empty life would be without ever having been transfixed by images dancing before our eyes in a dark movie theatre, engrossed in an incredible page-turner, or mesmerized by a master storyteller weaving a yarn around a roaring campfire. But stories are not just for entertainment. …

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Sorry, Narrative, you’re not nearly as cool as you think you are…

We often use the terms “narrative” and “story” interchangeably.  Screenwriting guru Robert McKee (See, Five Reasons Every Lawyer Should Study The Art of Screenwriting) tells us these terms are NOT synonymous!  All stories are narratives, but not all narratives are stories.  So, what’s the difference? Imagine us now hunkered down in our favorite local watering…

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The 3 “Rs” of Sentencing Storytelling.

No matter what the case, there are only three types of sentencing stories defense lawyers ever tell.  I call them the 3 “Rs”, and they are: REASONS, RELATIVITY and REDEMPTION.  Every case has at least one.  With a little bit of luck and whole lot of elbow grease, you may uncover all three. Understanding these…

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What Penguins Can Teach Lawyers About “Minding the Gap”

Forget the inauguration.  This Friday, January 20, 2017, is National Penguin Awareness Day!  I swear, that’s really a thing.  Google it. So, what do penguins have to do with lawyers and their clients? I’ll get there.  I promise!  Read on. Would it make our jobs easier if our clients, particularly those that will one day…

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