Memory is not a neutral act. Memory is an act of construction. We don’t remember all the facts; we remember a group of facts that are tied together in a story that makes sense of our reality.
—Rabbi Irwin Kula, as quoted in Making Light in Terezin
As this book is about storytelling, it wouldn’t be right if I went any further without sharing a personal story with you.
Once upon a time, there was a Hollywood screenwriter, storyteller, and script doctor (me) who started to notice that the principles that applied to fixing a story for the silver screen also applied to fixing a story for a CEO’s speech, a TV commercial, a business plan, a manager’s PowerPoint presentation, and a salesperson’s pitch. It ...