Accessing our innate power to tell stories.
Man this is so good. Glad you found a place for it.
Relevant: this Tik Tok of the southpark guys teaching how to write story beats. It's worth the 30 seconds: https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTRvUk9ha/
This is great stuff as so often Taylor. Impressed. I will take inspiration from this in my own writing. I've seen this with my own family. My sister doesn't have as much formal writing training, perhaps, but when she writes it comes straight from the heart and has a strong power. It speaks to your main point here, that the power to tell a story comes from within, is our birthright, and it's about connecting to it. I don't remember if I read this from one of your past pieces but it reminds me of the Hemingway line, "Writing is easy. All you have to do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed."
I was really hooked on Community for a while so the Dan Harmon reference I find very illuminating, because if you watch a really good show it seems all so spontaneous, everyone just having fun, but I loved hearing about Harmon's system and realizing there is a deep discipline being applied to create these very compelling narratives. The Picasso quote is also a true gem, never saw this one before.
Taylor - beautifully written. A masterful weaving of LaCroix with Neo. What stood out was the way you encourage writers to relax into what’s already there, that the framework, like the alphabet, is to be experimented with. That approach reminded me of Steve Jobs saying creativity is just connecting things; no need to apply the framework rigidly.