Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition
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I quickly read it cover to cover - like his first book, 'Houston, We Have a Narrative' is extremely readable and filled with funny personal stories. It's the type of book you might enjoy reading on the train or on the weekend - not too technical, but you feel smarter after reading! It goes into detail about the history of storytelling, and how effective a tool narrative can be for successfully transmitting information and holding someone's interest.
But what I wasn't expecting was how USEFUL this book would be! It outlines three templates that are memorable and can be applied immediately. I write a lot of scripts, and I often struggle with the structure, spending hours reformatting sections to get a good 'flow'. But not anymore - I start with the ABT template and then the rest is easy!
I'd been using the ABT template since Randy's TED MED talk, and our best performing scripts since then have all been ABT scripts. This book outlines more on how the template can be applied to different formats of writing. It's basically the most useful writing tool you'll ever learn.
I would recommend this book for anyone who has to write extended prose - from scientific reports to film scripts. I can't believe no one spotted the ABT template before now - a real game changer. Well done again Randy Olson!
That book diagnosed the problem, but didn’t offer a cure. How could scientists and other professionals who recognize the problem become better communicators?
Houston, We Have a Narrative is the solution. This book breaks down the elements of storytelling and shows how you can use basic principles to improve your presentations and writing. He explored some of these topics in Connection: Hollywood Storytelling Meets Critical Thinking, but this book goes into far more detail and offers more helpful examples. I can’t recommend it more highly. I’ll be using it for years and passing it on to students and friends, too.
ABT = DNA. Love it.
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