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Pay This Man to Tell You, Supposedly a Grownup, A Bedtime Story

Chris Advansun is the master of a unique craft: telling stories that will put you to sleep.

Advansun calls himself a "sleep writer." Famous actors, including Matthew McConaughey, have recorded his stories into the app Calm.com. These stories are designed to hold your mild interest, but not get your heart racing in excitement. CBC News explains:

Advansun says the key is to get the attention of the listener and then "hold it gently" without ever jostling them awake. He maintains this is a tough balance to achieve … especially since Advansun is trained as a screenwriter (think plot twists, car chases and explosions).
"I certainly didn't set out to write stories that put people to sleep," he jokes. "I have sort of fallen into it, and I adore it. It's not only quite rewarding, it is a great challenge as a writer."

In the interview, Advansun describes what goes into a good bedtime story for adults:

My stories are mainly fictional stories that do have a character who goes on a journey.
The way I think about it is that it's not a riveting, gripping journey with wrenching twists and turns. It is not that kind of story.
I am taking traditional storytelling — where you are building things up, you are building up tension and stakes and conflict and inverting that.
So we start with a bit of a character problem, but it is not terribly dramatic. And I unwind the whole story, so by the end we have soothed the listener off to sleep.

-via Marginal Revolution


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