Drawing from the wide world of story in all its forms (short story, novel, memoir, screenwriting, film, tv, video games, oral storytelling), we examine what aspects of story affect an audience emotionally and keep them engaged. The job of the story artist is to move people emotionally. But story artists differ from other storytellers. The advertiser attempts to move people for their money. The propagandist attempts to move people to gain support in building a movement. The journalist prioritizes informing over emotionally moving, but occasionally attempts to move people in order to improve society. The artist moves people for the purpose of deepening our humanity in some way.
(This blog may sometimes critique stories, pointing out their shortcomings, but we do so because we value the art, not because we have any desire to bring down the artists behind the work.)