Telling a story tonight? The rules and guidelines at The Moth StorySLAM.
What we don’t want:
Stand-up routines. Rants. Essays. How-tos. Confessions. Lectures. Fictions. Gratuitous anything.
What we do want:
Hook us in. Make us care about you. Paint the scene. Clearly state your fears, desires, the dilemma. Make us invested in the outcome. Introduce the conflict. Make us worried for you. Impress us with observations that are uniquely yours. Rope us into the moment when it all goes down. Conclude as a different person: triumphant? Defeated? Befuddled? Enlightened? …CHANGED.
Kind of applies to all sorts of storytelling, right?