Why because? Because! That’s why. If why is the question, because is the answer. The two go together like…well, like antagonist and protagonist. Or something. Because precedes the reason for or the cause of. Because also happens to be the key word in a story-building exercise I learned in improv called “Because of that…” I’ve played two versions of the…

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Q is for Questions

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We ask, therefore we are. Is that true? Does it even make sense? Questions seem pretty fundamental to being human. They express our wondering, our yearning to know. They’re also useful in the creation of story. Maybe the most basic story question is, “What if?” What if a short man-like being finds a magic ring that makes him invisible when…

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N is for Naming

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Maybe you’ve heard the idea that knowing the name of something gives power over the thing. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but there is power in the naming of things. In a creation like a story or improv scene, naming things lends specificity and that specificity can be a foundation on which the rest of the story…

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