My friend and mentor, Russell, recounts the story of sitting in a bar with George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones guru-author). Russell asked, What’s your secret?
“I don’t give the characters a meal. I give them a banquet.”
My first thought was, Oh! I get it! Make it “big”!
But then I realized…
it’s not just about big.
It’s about making it memorable.
And memorable doesn’t come only in one size.
Decidedly different can be memorable, too.
Something so different, it shakes us out of our complacency.
Or so different, its desirability draws us in.
A character’s incessant quirk. (memorable)
A dash of yellow in a key area on the canvas. (memorable)
An unexpected light source in the photograph. (memorable)
A bold line on the Manga character’s hair. (memorable)
A shift in scene through one unexpected line in the dialogue (memorable).
(you get it)
(And if you’re a motivator, speaker, instructor/teacher, or leader of any kind, you see how this applies.)
Be purposeful. Make it memorable.
If it works for George, it just might work for you and me.