Connecting The Dots Through Art

The Five Laws of Storytelling

Doubt, 2013 Cyanotype Print with Digital Drawing. 9.6″ x 17″. Limited edition of 12. © Jonah Calinawan

As mentioned last week, I started reading Pride & Prejudice. What a wonderful book! I couldn’t put it down even though I already saw the movie and knew what would happen.

I was reading the annotated version of Pride & Prejudice. This book is annotated by Shawn Coyne, a book editor of over 25 years who wrote Story Grid: What Good Editors Know. Story Grid gives advice on how to improve stories. You do this by making sure you give the reader obligatory scenes that they subconsciously expect. For example, in the love story genre, there has to be the following scenes: lovers meet for the first time, confession of love, first kiss, a break-​up, proof of love, and a reconciliation. If your love story does not have all of these elements, the story will be “off” (but the reader will not know why), and the story will not work.

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Following The Threads of Your Heart

Before The Fall, recently released on amazon video and other streaming services, is a gay version of Pride & Prejudice. It’s worth a watch.

Pride & Prejudice is a timeless love story written by Jane Austen over 200 years ago. It features two people from opposite sides of the social strata – Elizabeth Bennett from a common family and Fitzwilliam Darcy from a wealthy one – who fall in love despite first impressions of too much pride and prejudice they each see in the other.

Before the Fall transplants Jane Austen’s story to the Appalachian mountains of modern day rural Virginia. Elizabeth Bennett becomes Ben Bennett, a successful lawyer, who one day in court inadvertently insults a welder, Lee Darcy, an alcoholic charged with assault. Their dislike for each other is immediate. Through a series of events that can only happen in a small town, these two men are repeatedly brought together, and they fall in love despite first impressions of too much pride and prejudice they each see in the other.

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Art Words To Surprise Your Artist Boyfriend

In becoming an artist, you develop a signature style: a way of creating a photograph that identifies it as yours. A viewer looks at a photograph and concludes, “yes, this is Jonah’s work.” It’s like a fingerprint.

Apparently, this signature style, also transferred at work, to my spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations.

I want this to be clearer. Can you do Jonah’s style?”

And the person would then come by my office and ask, “Jonah, how do I make this better?”

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