A Whole New Mind – Story

posted January 22nd, 2010 by Janet Graham - Leave a Comment

I promised to share some of the collection of tools, exercises and further reading materials which Dan Pink provided in his book A Whole New Mind to send us on our way to developing each of the six essential aptitudes — what he calls the six senses on which professional and personal satisfaction increasingly will depend. One of the six senses is Story and Pink outlined a number of tools, exercises and reading materials which one might pursue to develop this sense. The following selection resonated with me. 

Write a Mini-Saga

“Mini-sagas are extremely short stories — just 50 words long… no more, no less. Yet, like all stories, they have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Try writing a mini-saga yourself.” Pink says: “It’s addicting.”

Here is one excellent example: 

A Life  by Jane Rosenberg, Brighton, United Kingdom

Joey, third of five, left home at sixteen, travelled the country and wound up in Nottingham with a wife and kids. They do shifts, the kids play out and ends never meet. Sometimes he’d give anything to walk away but he knows she’s only got a year and she doesn’t.

Read The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Pink says: “The best method for heightening your aptitude for Story is just to read great stories.” He lists five books which he says are must-reads. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell sounds perfect to me. It introduces the idea of the “hero’s journey” which has always intrigued me.

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