November 20, 2018
Filed under: Knowledge
You Are a Storyteller: How to See
Before you can learn to do, you have to learn to see. Mastering anything, even something as natural as storytelling, requires time and energy—and lots of repetition. If you want to create great stories, you have to become a student of the best stories, and make this education a deliberate practice. (Our 10 Must-Watch Films for Aspiring Storytellers is a good place to start.)
If you want to create great stories, you have to become a student of the best stories.
Psychology offers a model called the four stages of competence: unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence. Before you start to learn something new, you are unaware of what or how much you know, but as you grow in knowledge, you move through the four stages until you reach unconscious competence. (That’s when you know how to do.) Learning to see is ultimately a process of moving from theory to practice.
Watching and studying will allow you to see differently and more clearly. And once you start to see in a new and more assured way, you can start to apply what you see to what you create.