If you didn't already believe that being as in touch with your values and perspective as a good actor playing a role when you are on air, hopefully my blog last week on Christopher Booker's "Seven Basic Plots" made you an adherent.
Thanks to the complexities and endless relatability of being a human being it is possible to take those seven basic story lines and turn them into an infinity of engaging and compelling universal content bits.
Start by writing a "character description" for every member of your team just as you would if you were writing a play and giving the actors (you!) as much detailed and deep explanations of habits, traits, attitudes, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, etc.
Then, trade yours with your partners and have them add even more. Once you have a large list of things which define you, focus on the ones which make you different from one another.
That's where the entertainment will come from.
You'll probably never be as good as it as "Friends" was, but the more you can reinforce those different ways of looking at and living life in everything you do, the better.
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