Ira Glass Talks about the Creative Process


Ira Glass from This American Life



In the following clip, Ira Glass, the host of NPR’s This American Life, gives some useful advice to writers, journalists, and broadcasters about the art of telling a good story. Remember the method you learned in college–opening paragraph, thesis sentence, supporting material? Well, forget about it! Glass says to throw that tired technique out the window. Instead, Glass says the building blocks of good storytelling are using anecdotes, raising questions in a skillful way, and offering readers and listeners moments of reflection. Learn more here:






In the third part of the interview, Glass offers some astute insights about the early stages of being an artist. For most emerging artists, there is often a gap between taste and ambition and ability. Glass explains why this difficult stage is inevitable and why artists should continue making work anyway. This advice isn’t just for broadcasters–it applies to all artists, regardless of their field. Watch Glass’s interview here:




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