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Discovering the art of storytelling by showcasing methods, tips, & tools that help you find and tell your story, your way.  Find me on Twitter @gimligoosetales
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Starter Exercises for Interactive Storytelling | ProfHacker

Starter Exercises for Interactive Storytelling | ProfHacker | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"When we think about bringing interactive fiction into the classroom we often focus on the technology. I’ve written here about using accessible tools such as Twine, Twine 2.0, Inform 7, and Inklewriter to create everything from games to interactive essays and digital humanities projects. Bringing in software of this type can be a great way to transform an assignment and add procedural literacy outcomes to a range of disciplines. However, before we get into the technology, we need an idea."


Read the full article to find out more about these exercises that provide playful starting points to making interactive narratives:

  • Interactive Fiction Party Game
  • Create Your Own Writing Adventure
  • Existing Generative Games
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Igniting Student Writer Voice With Writing Process Strategies | Edutopia

Igniting Student Writer Voice With Writing Process Strategies | Edutopia | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Many aspiring writers struggle with developing and refining their ideas. Give a classroom of students a prompt to write, and observe how many stare at their blank page or write disjointed ideas. The struggle can range from feeling as if they can't draw on any relevant experience to having so many ideas that they don't know where to start."


Read the full article to find out more about these strategies to help open your creative/reflective faucet:

Prewriting

  • Fastwrite/Freewrite
  • Journaling

Drafting

  • RAFTs (Role-Audience-Format-Topic-Strong Verb)
  • Window Activity

Words Have Power


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Links to additional resources are included for each the strategies.

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What Objects Tell the Story of Your Life? | New York Times

What Objects Tell the Story of Your Life? | New York Times | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Carefully curating a limited set of objects has lately become a popular way for museums and historians to tell vast histories (e.g., the history of the world, or of New York City).


We can use the same approach to tell our personal histories as well. A sentimental T-shirt, a kindergarten drawing or a dog-eared book? What objects tell the story of your life?"


Read the related article Object Lessons in History then answer:

  • What objects tell the story of your life? Can you identify five or 10 objects that you would include in an exhibit or book about your life?

  • Why did you select each of those objects?

  • Do you think telling history through objects is a “a clever way to hook people on history”? Do objects tell a story that words or images aren’t able to convey quite as effectively?

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

This is an exercise for students 13+.  But I think it's great for any age. Use it as a storytelling prompt.  Or try it as a team exercise by replacing "your life" with "our organization"  in the above prompts. Did everyone pick the same list of objects or were they wildly diverse? You could tell stories about each of the objects or you tell the story about why each person picked the objects they did.  Use them internally or externally.

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Transmedia Card Deck | Transmedia Storyteller

Create a transmedia story experience using this card deck and story template.  Print out the provided cards, follow the instructions, to generate ideas for yourself or use this as a group exercise.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

I would also recommend the Transmedia Playbook (same author) to gain more understanding about transmedia. It’s a small catalogue of participatory transmedia storytelling experiences intended to remind, suggest, provide, and inspire creators.


One of the tools recommended in the instructions for a story idea is I Need a Prompt.  What a riot!  For 10 minutes I giggled as I flipped through suggestion after suggestion. It will certainly broaden your scope of potential story ideas.

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Storytelling Exercise: Make a Story from an Image | Skills Converged

Storytelling Exercise: Make a Story from an Image | Skills Converged | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Objective:  Make a story based on the image you are given.


Explain that based on the photo they should make a story. The story should be designed in such a way that the photo given to them comes to become the defining moment in the story. For example, it could be a moment of significant revelation and discovery or the moment when a life changing decision has been made.


Via Ariana Amorim
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This training exercise could be used for a variety of needs.  If you are trying to work on change management, pick an appropriate image and ask them to write a story that revolves around that.

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Self-Esteem Exercise: Tell a Story about Yourself | Skills Converged

Self-Esteem Exercise: Tell a Story about Yourself | Skills Converged | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"This exercise is particularly useful for those quiet types who may need a push and a structured approach in practicing this skill. Learning this important skill will allow them to become better at talking about themselves and their ideas, values and achievements without appearing over bearing or self-centred.


You can run this exercise for an existing team or for a group of individuals from different backgrounds. Even those who are not naturally quiet would benefit from the structured approach used in this exercise to practice their story telling techniques."


Read the full article to obtain the complete exercise to help you tell stories about your skills and your accomplishments using a set of storytelling prompts.  The exercise includes:

  • what you need
  • setup
  • timing
  • discussion
  • variations
  • mission cards

Via Ariana Amorim
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

You could run this exercise as a team building event, to draw stories out about an organization, or for personal reasons.  Once people get into this exercise, it'll inspire them to create a new batch of mission cards so they can continue the exercise.  Get someone to record the stories.

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Storytelling in Service Design | Service Design Drinks Berlin

Berlin’s November 2012 meet-up explored story-telling for service design.

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The presentation provides a very easy to understand description and examples for each of the 7 basic plots in storytelling by Christopher Booker. It's wrapped up with an exercise on slide 25.

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Story Starters | Literacy Shed

Story Starters | Literacy Shed | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it
I have been collecting story starters, you can use them with your class and add some of your own in the comments. Cheers  Rob

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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

LOL!  My favourite one is "I didn’t mean to kill her."


Needing a little inspiration?  This is a fun exercise to try out.  Who knows, the exercise may end up becoming a best seller?!?

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asli telli's curator insight, February 4, 2015 1:06 AM

Fit for any critical content in class, inspirational:)

Judith Morais's curator insight, February 4, 2015 5:31 AM

Sentences starters. Images. There's a good range of writing prompts here. 

Marc Quentel's curator insight, February 5, 2015 12:31 PM

Des idées de départ en expression écrite et littérature : images ou phrases, de quoi stimuler la créativité.

En anglais, mais il ne s'agit que d'une phrase simple généralement, donc pourquoi pas un peu de LVE en plus ?

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Cartman’s storytelling secret that every CMO should steal | Park Howell

Cartman’s storytelling secret that every CMO should steal | Park Howell | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Randy Olson uncovered the And, But, and Therefore method from the most unlikely place. South Park. He was watching a documentary, “6 Days to Air,” about the manic schedule Trey Parker follows to create each episode of the crass but brilliant cartoon, when the secret was unveiled. When a script isn’t working for Parker, he goes back and replaces “ands” with “buts,” which creates conflict and tension in the story: the secret sauce to entertaining an audience. The tension then requires resolution, or the “therefore”: the conclusion of every story. It’s a simple and perfect three-act storytelling structure. Foolproof. Even for Cartman."


Read the full article to find out more and see a video about the And, But and Therefore method.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

Watch the video to see how to put this method into action.  It really is simple and effective.  I like the idea from the last paragraph of the article that recommends doing this as a quick exercise before starting any story.

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How To Discover and Unleash Your Story Telling Ability - Storytelling in Business | Magnetic Speaking

How To Discover and Unleash Your Story Telling Ability - Storytelling in Business | Magnetic Speaking | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"You might believe that you don’t have stories, that your life is boring, or that your topic of expertise doesn’t lend itself to storytelling.  I hope that I can change your mind."


Read the full article to find out more about these steps to unleash your storytelling potential & next steps:

  1. Pay attention to other people’s stories
  2. After hearing each story, ask yourself if you have something similar
  3. Find an opportunity to tell your matching story
  4. Study the patterns of stories
  5. Collect professional stories
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

I like that the article ends with an exercise.  Follow the 5 steps for a month and your storytelling radar will improve, you'll start pulling out all kinds of your own stories, and then you'll be ready to start telling stories.

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Four Fiction-Writing Exercises to Wake Up Your Creativity | ARC Communications

Four Fiction-Writing Exercises to Wake Up Your Creativity | ARC Communications | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"When my creativity needs a wake-up call, I turn to techniques I use in fiction writing. Whether you’re struggling with a newsletter or a novel, these are great ways to awaken the senses and get the creative juices (not to mention language and images) going again."


Read the full article to find out more about these four techniques to get the creative juices flowing:

  • take a walk
  • I remember
  • go where it's uncomfortable
  • go with no purpose
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Teamwork Exercise: Tell a Story about Your Past | Skills Converged

Teamwork Exercise: Tell a Story about Your Past | Skills Converged | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"This exercise provides a structure which allows delegates to share their views, experiences and values regarding teamwork and leadership with others. This exercise works for both newly formed teams and more established ones. You can also run the exercise for delegates from different backgrounds as well as it helps to share experiences across industries and can be quite inspiring.


Based on your chosen Mission Card share an experience with the group."


Read the full article to obtain the complete exercise to help you tell stories about your experiences using a set of storytelling prompts. The exercise includes:

  • what you need
  • setup
  • timing
  • discussion
  • variations
  • mission cards

Via Ariana Amorim
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

Here's another storytelling prompt exercise by Skills Converged - tell a story about yourself.  These would be great team building exercises.

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Essential Things to Write Down Memoir Ideas | Oprah

Essential Things to Write Down Memoir Ideas | Oprah | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it
These quick, one-time-only exercises can teach us about ourselves and what we want—and how we can tell our story. The bonus? You might just end up with a book...


Read the full article to find out  more about these three exercises which include what to write and why it helps:

  1. Your 3-Sentence Life Story
  2. Your Crucial Incident (or Incidents)
  3. Your Secret Why
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

Great exercises to help you find and flush out a personal story.

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Eye Phone | Sauder d.studio

Eye Phone | Sauder d.studio | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Eye phone is an exercise around building a story by taking photos that:

- Helps practice keen observation.

- To make you think about what you are seeing and why you are choosing to capture that “visual thought”.

- Helps develop visual story-telling skills.

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Two Pens's curator insight, December 22, 2012 2:06 PM

Love this idea of training yourself to think visually, especially if you're not into photography or drawing.