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Episode 250: Living in fear to living courageously, with Michael Hauge.

Michael Hauge has been one of Hollywood’s top script consultants, story experts, and speakers for more than 30 years. He coaches screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, professional speakers, internet marketers and corporate leaders, helping transform their stories and their audiences using the principles and methods of Hollywood’s most successful movies. Michael is the author of “Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds” and the new 20th Anniversary Edition of his classic book Writing Screenplays That Sell. He has consulted on films starring – among many others – Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts and Morgan Freeman, and has presented lectures and workshops to more than 70,000 participants worldwide. According to Will Smith, “No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story.”

 

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What does transformation in storytelling mean?

Transformation comes through the hero’s inner journey — it’s what’s going on inside the hero — it’s going from living in fear to living courageously.

How does transformation happen to the storyteller?

The transformation happens to the hero when they are vulnerable enough to face their fears — when you’re willing to dig into your own fears when telling a story — you’re going to be forced to change along with the hero.

Why is the question “why?” so important in storytelling?

Fear is rooted in the belief system — beliefs are always logical but they’re never true.

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