Yesterday, George Saunders experienced a striking win: he was awarded the Man Booker Prize for the second year in a row. In this video by Redglass Pictures, Saunders reveals how the mechanics of telling a great story involve humanizing both the characters and the reader. He also cautions against the pitfalls of telling a bad story.
“A story is kind of a black box,” says Saunders in the video. “When you go inside, you get a glimpse of a deeper truth.”
Saunders further explains how storytelling is an act of love, why it’s productive for writers to let sentences “bother” them, and the importance of staying mystified by a story.