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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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The Long Retcon: Leave the Storytelling to the Writers | Gaming Irresponsibly

The Long Retcon: Leave the Storytelling to the Writers | Gaming Irresponsibly | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

[I'm not sure I totally agree with the authors take on this. The storyteller gets to tell their story their way but they should be telling it to suit their audience.  At the same time everyone has the right to take what they want/need out of a story and make it their own - even if it means changing the ending on the retelling. KZ]

 

Earlier this month, many fans of the beloved Mass Effect series began throwing their arms in the air demanding that BioWare change the outcome of Mass Effect 3. I was intrigued by this response. I kept asking myself, “Should video game developers or storytellers in general, change the ending of their story to adhere to the fan base?” The more I thought about this, the more I realized my answer would always be, “No.”

 

This is not because I love every ending to every story, nor is it because I am on the side of any storyteller. The story will always be what it is, as told by the creator. No matter the ending, fans should never allow their own personal preferences compromise the integrity of the story. By attempting to have someone change the story, you have effectively diminished the story, and the message, that the creators had hoped to convey. Good or bad, love it or hate it, take it for what it is, the end of the story.

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11 Laws of Great Storytelling | The Story Department

11 Laws of Great Storytelling | The Story Department | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Jeffrey Hirschberg found out there are 11 Laws of Great Storytelling – trends that exist in many of the most memorable stories of all time. “While it is impossible to have a foolproof formula, I have learned certain principles dramatically increase the probability of your story achieving a modicum of greatness.”

 

Throughout my years of screenwriting I have read and analyzed thousands of scripts from writers of all levels. Here is what I discovered during this time:

1. Assume everyone has A.D.D.

2. Spend most of your time on the first ten pages of your script

3. Write roles to attract movie stars

4. Write economically

5. Make sure every character has a unique voice

6. Understand your audience

7. Know your three-act structure

8. Be aware of theme, and keep it consistent throughout the script

9. Watch and re-watch successful movies similar to your story

10. Know what your hero wants (the goal), what happens if he doesn’t get what he wants (the stakes), and who/what is preventing him from getting what he wants (the villain)

11. Leave them wanting more

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Little Bird Tales

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Capture the Voice of Childhood. We offer a fun, unique way to create, record and share stories online.  Capture your child's voice and imagination with our creative story building tool and share them with friends and family.  Add your pictures, record your voice & add text, and finally email friends & family your completed book.  And it's free!

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Super Simple Storytelling | Ruston Nasution

Super Simple Storytelling | Ruston Nasution | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

This [free ebook] book is the culmination of a decade of personal research, observation, experimentation, and working with over a hundred teachers to find out what really works in the classroom environment. I have written it to share amore practical, efficient, do-able, and I think better, approach to organizing, learning, and telling stories.

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Storytelling Resources | Digital Storytelling Project

This lengthy list covers categories like:

- general storytelling

- storytelling organizations/discussion lists

- warm-up exercises

- creative dramatics

- tale type, motif indexes, and folklore research

- ethics resources

- working with audiences

- storytelling in schools & curricula

 

and much, much more

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Using Google Docs to Create Digital Kits for Student Projects | The Tempered Radical

Using Google Docs to Create Digital Kits for Student Projects | The Tempered Radical | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

One of the most valuable #edtech lessons that I ever learned came from Hall Davidson, who suggests that teachers interested in incorporating digital storytelling projects into their classrooms create digital kits that students can use as starting points for their efforts.

 

Digital kits are nothing more than collections of content -- still images, video clips, audio clips, passages of text -- connected to the topic being studied that teachers assemble for their kids before a project even begins.  Then, students use the content in digital kits to assemble their final products.  What I love the best about using digital kits to structure student projects is that they speed up the process of creating influential visuals.  Instead of spending days searching for content, students using preassembled digital kits are freed to think about the topic of study immediately.

 

Here's how to create your own digital kits using a little collaboration and Google Docs.

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Digital Storytelling | Educational Technology in ELT

Digital Storytelling | Educational Technology in ELT | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

I have just come back from IATEFL Glasgow 2012, where I presented on Digital Storytelling for the Technology and Teens Symposium.  The presentation focused on ways of implementing digital storytelling with teens. I described what I believe are its benefits and then showed three examples of projects I did with my students in Buenos Aires.  I've listed 10 digital storytelling tools you can use and my slidedeck.

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Writing Inspiration: How to Find Your Muse and Develop a Story | Knoji

Writing Inspiration: How to Find Your Muse and Develop a Story | Knoji | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

People often ask where writers find inspiration, and what motivates them to develop a storyline. If you're a writer who wants to find their muse, the answer may be to stop staring at a blank page and make your environment and mind open to creativity. Here's some ideas on how to bring out your inner storyteller.

- movement

- people watching

- keep busy

- environment

- be prepared

- look at the obvious

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What’s Your Story, Morning Glory? Building the Story Behind Your Personal Brand | Aspyre Solutions

What’s Your Story, Morning Glory? Building the Story Behind Your Personal Brand | Aspyre Solutions | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Simple Steps to Create and Refine Your Own Brand Story.

 

So how do you go about putting together your story? You might know what your story is all about, but the important piece here that really makes it an effective tool is in how you communicate it in a way that will be relevant and interesting to your target audience. If you want to create a really great personal brand, try crafting your story with the following 6 elements in mind.

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Article Writing: How To Start Your Story-Based Articles With Greater Impact | Psychotactics

Article Writing: How To Start Your Story-Based Articles With Greater Impact | Psychotactics | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Article Writing and Story Telling: You can pick any story, or any subset of a story to get the drama going. And you often find this drama somewhere in the middle of your story. The most important factor is one of enthusiasm.

 

To get that drama, you don’t have to pick anything particularly exciting. You just have to make it exciting for me.  In a story, you have at least three-four exciting points and any one of them can rise to the surface. Yes, any point is exciting. What really matters, is how you bring a factor of excitement to the story. As you explain the details, the simple fact becomes interesting.

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Applying Fiction Storytelling Tips to Content Marketing | Kuno Creative

Applying Fiction Storytelling Tips to Content Marketing | Kuno Creative | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Content Marketing strives to intrigue readers, encourage sharing and prompting conversions. To do so, storytelling is eminent.  Following are a few tips for implementing storytelling into your nonfiction works of content marketing, including (but not limited to) blogs, case studies, and eBooks.

- make the reader care

- make a promise to the reader

- make your audience work for it

- make the audience share what they have found

- make sure to remember - these are guidelines, not rules

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Crappy First Drafts of Great Books | Psychology Today

Crappy First Drafts of Great Books | Psychology Today | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Good books begin as bad drafts.  The next time you are struggling with your own writing—if only in an important email or Facebook post—recall this selection of pages from the drafts of great novels. Take solace in the fact that almost all the stories you love began as bad first drafts. And ask yourself, "If writing is a struggle for immortals like Proust and Dickens, why should it be different for me?"

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You Are Your Words | iLearn Technology

You Are Your Words | iLearn Technology | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

[You are your words is a neat way to tell a story through image. Although the article is aimed at students, this format and the ideas presented in the post could be used by any individual or groups.]

 

The American Heritage Dictionary has a new webtool that lets students create a self-portrait using their words.  Students can link to places where they have already written (Facebook or Twitter) or write something unique specifically for their portrait.  The unique image can be shared, saved and printed.

 

Also included in this post are ideas on how to integrate You Are Your Words into the classroom or any other group setting.

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The Art and Importance of Storytelling | Bling Bling, Hello?

The Art and Importance of Storytelling | Bling Bling, Hello? | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Story telling is an art form and often a talent though, and doesn’t come naturally to everyone. I’m sure each one of you reading this article will know at least one really great story teller in your social circle or family. Most people are able to relay facts and information but magically turning this into a story, requires a completely different set of skills.

 

Whilst we’re not all able and captivating story tellers, I’ve put together some guidelines and pointers that I’ve observed whilst listening to really great story tellers.

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Free Guide: Using Images for Visual Storytelling | CauseVox

Free Guide: Using Images for Visual Storytelling | CauseVox | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

One of the most effective ways to tell stories is through images. Images evoke emotion — the root of what drives your nonprofit or cause. We found this free guidebook developed by the Center for Social Impact Communication at Georgetown on how you can use images to create an impact. It walks you through the types of images you should be using and how you can systematically capture them.

 

Oooo, ooooo, ooooo -- I love free guides! And here's one on how you can use images to create visual stories, or to trigger a story within the reader's imagination.

 

Happy Friday and enjoy grabbing your free guide! I hope it helps you add fabulous visuals into your stories, or create compelling visual storytelling.


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The 5 Levels of Digital Storytelling | Digital Play

The 5 Levels of Digital Storytelling | Digital Play | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Loads of great web links and resources which you’ll find near the end of the post.

 

In this article, I will demonstrate how you can increase the levels of complexity both technically and linguistically in web-based storytelling by using tools that ask more of your students at each stage. This is always prefaced by an offline warm up, which will enable you to connect the digital version to the analogue. If necessary because you don’t have access to a computer room or enough computers for it to be feasible, you could spend most or all of the lesson time with the offline activities and set the online activities as homework.

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What’s Your Story? 5 Great Social Story-telling Sites | Social Web Daily | MyLife’s Social BlogSocial Web Daily

What’s Your Story? 5 Great Social Story-telling Sites | Social Web Daily | MyLife’s Social BlogSocial Web Daily | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Storytelling has been around since the dawn of time, but it has really taken ahold of our culture with the advent of the Internet. Of course, we can credit a fair bit of the story-telling phenomenon to social media. Here are some of our favorite social-media-fueled ‘story-telling’ tools:

- storify

- mylife.com

- path

- daytum

- proust

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58 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information | A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet

58 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information | A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Judy Greller's award-winning blog with resources galore in numerous areas. This page contains a wonderful collection of links to sites related to Digital Storytelling. -JL


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What Story Will You Tell This Summer? | Nonprofit Marketing Guide

What Story Will You Tell This Summer? | Nonprofit Marketing Guide | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

[use this exercise outlined in the article as a guide to creating any story you want to spread out over an extended time period]

 

This exercise begins by sketching out a story you want to tell to supporters over  the summer.

 

This is what we call a communications arc. You pick an overarching story you want to tell over the course of several weeks or months, then you break that larger story down into smaller stories that you put on to your editorial calendar and into your specific communications channels (like your website, Facebook, email newsletter, etc.).

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Picture this: Expert opinions on telling your story with images | Katya's Non-Profit Marketing Blog

Picture this: Expert opinions on telling your story with images | Katya's Non-Profit Marketing Blog | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Telling your story with riveting images. Here’s everything you always wanted to know about the topic from an exceptional range of experts. I’ve arranged the posts into three parts—inspiration, tips and resources.

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Six Core Storytelling Competencies: Good… Better… Best | Storyfix

Six Core Storytelling Competencies: Good… Better… Best | Storyfix | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Ask anyone who writes fiction how many issues an author needs to think about, how much stuff there is to know and execute, and you may get an answer that amounts to dozens, even hundreds of things. That's pretty accurate actually.

 

All of those dozens of things, or hundreds of things, can be categorized into six discrete buckets of elements, nuances and requisite functions, each of which is essential to a successful story. I call them the Six Core Competencies of successful storytelling, and they really do cover the whole fiction enchilada.

 

Think of something you need to know, and it’ll fall into one of those six buckets.

That said, each of them is a matter of degree. For each thing within any of the six buckets, you can cover the base, or you can hit it out of the park.  What follows is offered as a sort of checklist, organized as a good, better and best description under each of the Six Core Competencies. That’s 18 opportunities to improve your story.

- concept

- character

- theme

- structure

- scene execution

- writing voice

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7 ways to become a masterful storyteller | Ragan

7 ways to become a masterful storyteller | Ragan | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Justina Chen, an author of books for young adults and formerly executive communications manager at Microsoft, detailed ways communicators can become better storytellers themselves, and can turn their managers and executives into better storytellers, too. Here are seven of the biggest transformation tips:

- build myths

- consider your intentions

- find the superstars

- find the soul keeper of your company

- be a magpie

- be fearless

- embrace chaos

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Great Storytelling is a Performance | Beautiful Books

Great Storytelling is a Performance | Beautiful Books | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Here's one big secret that the experts like to keep to themselves. Teachers, speech-language pathologists, and many others know that great storytelling for learning is no accident. It’s not difficult or time consuming, BUT it takes just the right attitude. All the great educators know that great storytelling is a performance.

 

Here are three easy steps that you can follow to help you get ready for your performance:

- read the script and make it your own

- be at your best

- perform, baby

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