Summary of Ira Glass’s Storytelling Parts 1 & 2 and Jad Abumrad on “How Radio Creates Empathy”.
As a person who went through four years of writing interesting fictional and nonfictional stories, I know exactly what Ira Glass begins talking about. That’s the first lesson that you learn when writing, “show don’t tell”, “start with the action”, “have a question that needs an answer.” The advice went on to sound familiar until he brought up the reflection, which I had never heard of. Usually, you tell the story and that’s the reason why you tell the story. I’ve never thought about a reflection and it sounds more like a climax or the reason why these events happened. I got confused around this time in the first part as he began explaining this.
However, as I began his second part, I felt a sigh of relief as he started talking about finding a good story. This I can relate to because I’ve spent time on a newspaper in my high school trying to find interesting stories while also trying to write my own stories. Sometimes you find a good story idea, but there’s always something wrong with it. He explains it as footage, but I call it trying to write the example, and that you must look for a way to cut it. Every word he used to describe the process of editing, which he stated as becoming a killer, felt nurturing and realistic. Sometimes stories don’t go anywhere and it needs a sweet death that you should feel about. If you continue to work on this then you might come across an amazing story that sticks and you want to continue to write.
Now onto Abumrad’s lecture, I felt a little out of it in the beginning, but I understood it in the end. He explains how radio requires both the writer and the listener to create a story using what they hear. If a writer is masterful to place different types of sounds or music that create a feeling, then the listener might be able to relate a story to the sound or music. I haven’t listened to the radio for years, but I do understand where he is coming from and the effect that radio can have on the individuals listening.