Micro narrative leads the way to compiling ideas for a longer composition. Sometimes, as a writer, you find yourself jotting down random thoughts without any connection between themselves. This literary style may put them all together.
Another tool that may you help with micro narrative is Twitter. You have 140 characters to tell a story. Great way to train your mind to express in a few words.
Play with ideas and possibilities. Starting small can bring some great results.
It is one of the most iconic museums in Mexico. It’s a must to be there!
In December, there was an exposition on Russian art that displayed propaganda posters as well as drawings that illustrated influences from cubism.
There was a specific room for all visitors to play with cubes and build anything with them to interact and experience that kind of art. This is brilliant. It’s the first time that I find this possibility in a museum.
Then, in a different exposition, the murals painted by Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros portayed the essence of the Mexican history. My mom and I were analyzing them, and figuring out the meaning behind them. We came to so many conclusions together.
It was really constructive to exchange ideas on what we were appreciating.
In that very moment, I realized that it’s important to have pen and paper when visiting a museum. I felt so bad for not having any of those elements. (What kind of journalist am I?)
Therefore, next time I visit a museum, it’s mandatory to have them because of the following reasons:
Further research on a topic or artist can be conducted later on. Keywords are necessary for that.
It’s possible to come up with ideas to design, illustrate and photograph. Inspiration might catch you there!
Thoughts and interpretations can be translated into ideas for articles or analysis.
It’s also important to note that, in that week, I ended up with less money to spend on groceries…then again, it’s Kraftwerk! It was also my first concert in Canada, the first time that I saw this band live and the first time I interviewed people in this kind of event.
I had an assignment for my writing class, so this show was the ideal topic for me to work on.
I must say that I got lucky with the interviews part. Two guys, Mike and Tony, were talking about music as they waited for the doors to open.
I took my time to join the conversation. I wasn’t sure how to introduce myself or how to tell them that I wanted to ask them a few questions.
I let it happen naturally, and soon the three of us were analyzing how Kraftwerk has influenced bands and artists like Depeche Mode, Coldplay, Joy Division and Madonna among others.
Mike, 51, said that his aunt has always been into this band. She played her Autobahn LP all the time and he just loved the music. When he learned that it was touring Canada, he didn’t hesitate to drive all the way from Winnipeg to make it in time.
On the other hand, Tony, 28, became a huge fan of the band thanks Madonna’s album Confessions on a Dance Floor. He got himself a ticket on the front raws to enjoy the 3D experience. He also chose a very unique outfit for the night: black trousers, black tie and a red long-sleeved shirt to emulate the band’s members’ clothing on the cover of the Man Machine album.
Another guy even approached him to congratulate him on that idea. It was certainly brilliant.
Although the concert didn’t last too long, the graphics and the music were perfect. I still can’t believe that I was actually there!
I went on my own; however, talking to Mike and Tony was a nurturing experience. It taught me that there’s nothing wrong with joining conversations; we all had something in common after all.
Breaking the ice leads the way to discovering new stories.
Crafting something is a long uncertain process. A maker should show her work.
In 211 pages and 10 chapters, Kleon describes step by step how to put your creations in the public eye through the use of the Internet.
His first chapter strongly states that you don’t have to be a genius. All you need is process. Results are not the main focus. This point in particular is the core essence of Show Your Work! That mindset can actually help you track your daily progress as you think less about becoming famous or going viral.
The matter of time can be a factor that stops you from crafting your art everyday. You have to work, or study, or take care of your children, or feed the dog and so on.
Still, it’s important to share a little something everyday through a tweet, a picture or a blog post. Small steps will turn into great habits.
On the other hand, Kleon suggests to tell good stories instead of becoming human spam. You might be excited about your content, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to pester online communities to ask for likes or retweets.
According to the author,
“Follow me back?” is the saddest question on the Internet.
Show Your Work! is highly recommended to start promoting yourself through social media. It’s the kind of book you can easily read in one day.
Once you’re done, you’ll want to get to work immediately.