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It's a story about...connection.

A year or so ago, I set out on a quest to get a grip on storytelling. I read some good books on the subject, did some primary research on narratives I admired, and pondered deeply. This morning, it clicked. Connection. Yeah, there's a bunch of technical stuff to discuss in other posts, but the factor that separates the well-told tale from the perennial classic (the thing I want to write) is connection. The results of connection can be happy or sad. The effort to connect can succeed or fail. But the stories that stay have this in common: the protagonist connects. He connects the dots.