Simple, effective storytelling

Billy Baker of The Boston Globe told this story over Twitter first, which was novel. And then he told it in the traditional story style, which was also grand. It works both ways because Baker is a fine writer, but also because it is a great story.

In the fall, Johnny left for his freshman year at UMass Amherst.

As college application time rolled around for George a few months later, we knew he was in a good position. His grades were outstanding. He had a compelling story. And so he aimed high. Very high.

These boys are the nearest I’ve come to that thing we call the American Dream. But when George texted me on Monday evening …

Go read the whole thing.

Consider: the clarity of the writing, the shortness of the sentences and the occasional longer sentence, to keep you from drifting to sleep. Look where he placed the twist — not every story has something like that, but you have to choose the right place to put it.

What does that story say to you?


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