The Doc Fix


Regularly updated articles on story structure and analysis; tips, thoughts and useful bits and pieces.

How caring too much can make things worse

One of the hardest things to do is separate your subject matter from the telling.

Sharing your idea can seem everything to you. After all, this is why you are investing so much into making it in the first place. You think, if only the audience understood this or that, if they could only see how things really are, then the world would be a better place.

But look at it from the point of view of the audience.

When you keep telling them how important something is or have someone on the screen putting that point of view, the audience thinks the opposite. It's human nature.

Haven't you often noticed plot holes in badly told films? What you are doing is asking of the film you are watching "what about this?". "Why didn't they talk about that?"

If you don't tackle this, you are preaching, which has none of the pleasure of being told a story. Storytelling is about arguing your position. It's about saying there is a problem, and this is a way of solving it. The story is the process of revealing why this approach is (or isn't) the best way of tackling the problem.

You can only do this if you're objective about your subject matter.

It’s about saying “Look, this is what happens when you try and tackle the problem this way. Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don’t. It can lead to all kinds of problems and delights (drama!). And in the end, this is why doing things this way matter…..”

This defines a story. And in The Doc Fix program, we have several ways to ensure you develop the complete set of skills to turn your idea into a powerful, meaningful story.

Of course, the program materials show you how to look objectively at your idea and clearly define what you are trying to say about it. And, with our weekly seminars, I'm here to help you when you can't quite see what you are doing wrong. My job is to help you, as an individual, see where you are getting in your own way.

Quickly you'll be able to see your idea for what it is and be able to create a meaningful narrative. And it's a skill you can apply to any idea you want to tell. It's the definition of genuine storytelling.

If you have an idea, and you can't quite see beyond the fact it's important and needs to be told, then arrange a call. We'll go through any story problems you're having at the moment and help you in any way we can.