Erin Rodgers, of the show and blog Story Stars, interviewed (mostly) TRUE THINGS host/creator Jude Treder-Wolff. Here are some excerpts and a link to the entire Q&A at www.storystarshow.com
What separates a good story from a great story?
A good story is engaging, emotionally compelling, and entertaining. A great story is illuminating and transformative. A great story reshapes the way we see ourselves or other people or the world and it sticks. We cannot unsee what a great story shows us about life.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to try storytelling for the first time?
Trust that your life experiences are interesting and rich. Know that your life stories are important and worth sharing with the world. And also know that the creative process of crafting a lived experience into a stage-worthy story is a creative process that develops a powerful skill set for having impact in the world.
Often first-time storytellers think they will have more confidence if they share about their successes in life, but I encourage them to look at another way. What makes our successes interesting to other people is all the reasons that success was unlikely, the obstacles that had to be overcome in order to realize it. The best stories are about struggle. Often people think their life is not interesting enough for them to tell stories about it, and that a great story has to have crazy coincidences or wild characters. But the most compelling stories are about how a person is impacted by life. Almost everyone has gone through things like a friend's sudden rejection, a co-worker taking credit for work that we did, the moments when we realize life is not fair and we have to choose how we will deal with that reality. But everyone has their own take on those experiences, details specific to their own life and world, and giving words to our own unique take can produce wonderful stories. Even very private, internal struggles can be fantastic stories. An authentic struggle - even if it was a simple thing like leaving KMart, realizing you walked out of the store without paying for something and how you made a decision whether or not to go back in and pay for it - can be fascinating to listen to if we do the creative work.
It takes some courage to reveal our inner life or let people in on obstacles we faced but audiences can feel that vulnerability and relate to it. And finding the strength to open up that way translates into empowerment in every area of life.
How do you know when an experience should be a shorter story vs a full length show?
If the context of a story - e.g. the world in which it takes place, the background of important characters - is essential to the a listener's ability to follow the beats and understand the struggle and what the narrative is driving at, then a story might organically develop into a full-length show. Read the entire Q&A on www.storystarshow.com
Jude Treder-Wolff was interviewed on the internet radio show Morning Moments With Maia. You can listen to the entire interview on this link.