“For me, it always gets back to story. And I think if you set out to say: ‘I’m going to write a poem about the injustice of voter fraud. I’m going to write a musical about voter fraud and rigged elections,’ and I’m telling you it’s going to be boring. It’s going to be boring because you’re starting with themes instead of with the story.” ~ Lin-Manuel Miranda during the interview.
If you haven’t watched Hamilton or Moana, stop reading this and watch them. They’re some of the best storytelling I’ve seen, and both of them are available on Disney+.
In this 13 minute interview with Nieman Foundation’s Ann Marie Lipinski,Lin-Manuel Miranda breaks down his blockbuster hit, Hamilton, and shows the inspiration, themes, and storytelling behind it.
- Focus on a story of a person and let them come from the story.
- Read books, watch plays and films, and listen to music to discover your mentor.
- Find your voice by focusing on what you like in all forms of media, not just what you read. Pay attention to the lyrics of your favorite songs, too.