Monday, January 20, 2014

Stumped? Let Big Bird help you learn to write a story.

Priceless, and timeless, advice from Big Bird, as he and Snuffy work on their first story; video after the jump.


1. "Most stories begin with once upon a time." OR AT LEAST THE GOOD ONES DO.

2. Once you've got a hero who can survive your basic environment, he should have an adventure.

3. Never end your story until the end.


Briane Pagel has little kids. Can you tell? (Also, he's sort of immature.)  When not watching Sesame Street, he writes stories, which you can find at lit, a place for stories and in books about murderous astronauts and demons and other stuff available on  Amazon


  1. Have you ever tried writing stories with your kids, Briane? I've done a couple with my son. Sometimes it's hard getting him to come up with ideas, but it's good writing practice for him.

  2. From the man who doesn't watch videos? I can't pull it up on my phone. I'll have to check it later. When I'm at home

  3. Sandra: Mr Bunches and I collaborated on a live-action story "The Story Of Batman,", but I really just served as the scrivener, there.

    Rusty: I didn't watch this one, either -- I listened to it as I wrote.

    I'm going to take that as a compliment.

  4. Well, I watched the video. Since I had to overcome the anti cell phone bias and catch it on my laptop, it took me a while. It reminds me, wasn't Snuffleupagass a mythical creature on the show for some time. It seems like no one ever saw him for a very long time and big bird just kept talking about his best friend and everyone felt sorry for him but thought he was a liar. Then one day out came the mastodon and folks were like, 'oh, he was real?'

    Or did I make that up?

    Regardless, I'm glad they boiled down storytelling to its simplest form: Princes in helmets making friends at the bottom of the sea. All stories should follow that archetype in my opinion.