Monday, November 16, 2015

Out on the Wire (Book review)

I pleased to give you my book review of Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio.

If I was as talented as Jessica Abel perhaps I could write this review as a comic book or graphic novel. Alas, I must stay with the typed word.

Abel takes us behind the scenes behind some of the best radio show creations. There she guides the reader through a series of interviews where the experts teach the reader how to tell a story well.

This is what got me interested in the book. I am a story-teller. I want to learn how to do that well. Stories change the world!

What's so cool is that in the process of writing (and re-writing her book (7 times!!)) she ends up teaching herself (by reading what she wrote) how to write this comic book.

I'll admit, at times--especially early-on--I was confused. Some of it was getting use to her pace and style. Some of it might have been her flashback to an earlier work (I'm still a little confused). But press on because there's good stuff in this comic!

I enjoyed getting to know the creators to some of these radio programs. It made me want to go and listen to them. I plan to check out these podcasts soon.

Abel walks her tightrope teaching us about pursuing ideas that really interest you, finding your voice, setting up solid story structure, finding the right sound(s), and the edit, of course.

All in all I learned a lot and was entertained along the way. I felt like I was learning right alongside of Abel.

For that, I am grateful.

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  • Note: While I was given this book for free to review (Blogging for Books), the thoughts are my own and were not influenced by that fact.

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015

    Faithful AND Fruitful

    “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

    You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.”
    John 15:8, 16 NLT

    I've heard preachers and individuals say from time to time, when they're not as fruitful as they would like to be, that it's OK because we're just called to be faithful. 

    I want to challenge that here with these two verses. While there will be times when we are faithful but not fruitful, I do not believe this should be our pattern. According to these verses we're called and chosen to be fruitful. That makes fruitfulness pretty important in my eyes.