Storytelling & Creativity

Don’t Fall for the “Lone Genius” Fallacy!

Don’t Fall for the “Lone Genius” Fallacy!

Somehow, we’ve come to expect creative people to work alone. Yet many of the most successful of us seek out, commit to, and cherish relationships with other artists who help us with our work…. the fantasy of self-sufficiency can be a trap. With rare exceptions, creative people of all kinds like to be around others. 

Why, then, would so many people subscribe to the false idea of the “solitary, tormented genius”? 

Model Airplanes, Storytelling, and Creativity

Model Airplanes, Storytelling, and Creativity

When I began learning to assemble plastic models of airplanes as a child, I didn’t understand that I was being cheated.

Now that I’ve spent decades studying how storytelling is taught, I see that many of us are being cheated in the same way.

That’s a shame, because it’s actually easy to turn “assemble by the numbers” storytelling into a deeply engaging, satisfying, and successful set of creative acts.