Please Open In the Event of My Death: The Art, Craft, & Terror of Telling Your Own Story.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it – at sentencing, narrative is everything. Helping us get Set For Sentencing is a man who knows how to tell GREAT stories.
Mark Hsu is an attorney and the author of a sweet, poignant, and incredibly well-written book called, Please Open In the Event of My Death: A Father’s Advice To His Daughters In Case Something Horrible Happens (Which Hopefully It Won’t But Just In Case), and that title says it all.
IN THIS EPISODE:
- The power of telling your own story and sharing it with others;
- Advice on how to become a better writer and storyteller;
- Books & Resources on writing that helped him hone his craft;
- How learning the craft of writing & screenwriting will make you a better advocate;
- Why simplicity is the secret sauce of all great narrative persuasive communication;
- The need for “emotional intelligence” in writing, in the law, and in life;
- Systemic injustice through the lens of the “cosmic calendar”; and
- Lots of awesome clips from the audible version of the book!
Mark gave us some great suggestions for writing resources. I have a pretty good list as well, including links to sites where you can access free screenplays: 5 Reasons Every Lawyer Should Study the Art of Screenwriting — and a Killer Resource List To Get You Started
Lastly, by far the most worthless link I will ever offer, but since we talked about it, here’s my Chiuaua William’s Tik Tok, @williamvonarsehole.