short shorts stories

Short shorts are short spoken word pieces that are stories from life or from world folk lore.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The cool thing about listening

The cool thing about listening to a story without looking is that it
provides better visuals than any video.
I include these video clips to show what I mean.
I have the Egg Girl on a podcast as well.
Below is some really nice quality video from Gypsymoon
and some so-so video from your author, N Dooley.
See what you think?

Is it always better to listen without visuals?
I mean given a choice between video
and an audio representation of a story.
Nothing can replace live transmission of story.
[Luddite flare up - better now.]
When the video is flawlessly beautiful like the one
above from gypsymoontellers, perhaps -
yet this performance would be better with a
lively audience I think.

I am interested in a discussion on this.

Close you eyes and listen.
Then watch and listen.
Which is better?
Which will serves our art form best?
Video or audio?
Let's discuss.

Story tips from MOTH

Story Tips:


Start in the action.
Have a great first line that sets up the stakes or grabs attention.

Not: "So I was thinking about climbing this mountain. But then I watched a little TV and made a snack and took a nap and my mom called and vented about her psoriasis then I did a little laundry (a whites load) (I lost another sock, darn it!) and then I thought about it again and decided I'd climb the mountain the next morning."

Yes: "The mountain loomed before me. I had my hunting knife, some trail mix and snow boots. I had to make it to the little cabin and start a fire before sundown or freeze to death for sure."

Steer clear of meandering endings. They kill a story! Your last line should be clear in your head before you start.

Know your story well enough so you can have fun! Watching you panic to think of the next memorized line is harrowing for the audience. Make an outline, memorize your bullet points and play with the details. Enjoy yourself. Imagine you are a dinner party not a deposition.

No standup routines please.
The Moth LOVES funny people but requires that all funny people tell funny STORIES.

No rants:
Take up this anger issue with your therapist, or skip therapy and shape your anger into a story with some sort of resolution. (Stories = therapy!)

No essays:
Your eloquent musings are beautiful and look pretty on the page but unless you can make them gripping and set up stakes, they won’t work on stage.