Posts Under: John Irving

'Build it Backwards' - Storytelling Tips From a Master

"People always say with stories: There needs to be a beginning, a middle, and an end. I disagree slightly. I feel like there just has to be an end... and it has to be definitive, and you need to indicate to the audience that eventually you'll get there. Because if it doesn't end, people will be furious. They want to go home, they have plans, they have parking arrangements. They just want some ballpark indicator of how long this is going to be. The key thing is starting with your ending and then building it backwards from there."