The Heart of Every Story – The Hero

Does every story need a hero? The answer is yes. The hero is the heart — the emotional center — of your story.

Now, the hero doesn’t have to be a human being. It can even be an inanimate object, as long as it is imbued with human-like qualities. Watch this amusing video, where the hero is a lamp. Notice the use of camera angles, music and even the angle of the lamp’s neck to convince you it has human-like feelings.

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2 Responses to The Heart of Every Story – The Hero

  1. Just watched your Board Room stories in the Outstanding Presentations. Great job. The “slope” you refer to is called Aristotle’s incline. Definitely worth re-reading The Poetics for classic story-telling theory. How he figured all that out thousands of years ago is the mystery!

    • Hi Cynthia – Thanks for letting me know about Aristotle’s Incline. It’s always a pleasure to learn something has a name other than “story slope”.

      The Poetics is a tough read but I know it’s something I need to tackle to really get authoratative on storytelling. Very insightful guy that Aristotle. He could see the inner machinery of so many things.

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