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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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How to Tell a Good Story With Your Life – or – The Four Critical Elements of a Meaningful Life | Donald Miller

How to Tell a Good Story With Your Life – or – The Four Critical Elements of a Meaningful Life | Donald Miller | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

A summary of some of the concepts from Storyline for those of you who haven’t read the book or been able to attend a conference.

 

The idea is actually pretty simple. To live a great story, our lives have to reflect the element of a great story. Here they are:

- Every story is built around a character or characters.

- The character has to want something.

- Every character must go through conflict.

- Stories must resolve.

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Case Studies: How to Use Storytelling as a Marketing Power Tool | Open Forum

Case Studies: How to Use Storytelling as a Marketing Power Tool | Open Forum | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Traditional advertising can get lost in the daily media blitz. Give people what they really love: stories.

 

Here’s reasons why you should start writing customer case studies, or add to the ones you have, as well as some writing tips.

 

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Three Core Elements of Storytelling | Psychotactics.com

Three Core Elements of Storytelling | Psychotactics.com | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Learn the Three Core Elements of Storytelling.

1) Sequence
2) Suspense and
3) The roller coaster

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The Best Storytelling Secrets | Create Your LifeStory

The Best Storytelling Secrets | Create Your LifeStory | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Master storytellers know what to do and how to tell a story. Some from an instinctive place within them and others from an understanding of the rules. If they know the rules they can share them with us.  Here is master storyteller of Andrew Stanton at a TED sharing with us what he knows of the craft of great storytelling.

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Using Great Storytelling To Grow Your Business | Fast Company

Using Great Storytelling To Grow Your Business | Fast Company | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

A group of innovators attend a storytelling session and learn how to use storytelling skills to drive engagement and change.  The two key takeaways were:

- use lots of LOTS

- build on your story spine

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Learn graphic storytelling the Dreamworks way | Comic Book Resources

Learn graphic storytelling the Dreamworks way | Comic Book Resources | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Ben Caldwell tested for Dreamworks a few years ago and received some very cool notes about effective character design and visual storytelling techniques.  He’s sharing those on his blog in a couple of posts, noting that while the pages were designed to help storyboard artists, “a lot of it is good, common sense advice for graphic storytelling in general.”

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Story About a Drop of Blood | YouTube

[The Indiana Blood Center uses storytelling to showcase what they do and what the donors part in the process is]

 

Ever wonder what happens to your blood after you donate?  To learn about donating blood, follow our drop of blood.

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Community Gems Will Tell Your Story | Milenthal-DelGrosso

Community Gems Will Tell Your Story | Milenthal-DelGrosso | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

A resident in the community documents the events and the town through video.  She started to discover interesting things and interesting people operating around her that she had missed even after 20 years of living there.  She settled on a simple execution – showing the beauty of our community without narration (meaning no voice over while the video runs, just music); showing the viewer a real homegrown and yet poetic representation of why Canal Winchester is a nice place to visit.  The results of their efforts has been astonishing.

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Using Audacity in Storytelling | tes

Using Audacity in Storytelling | tes | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Tutorial video giving hint on how to use Audacity as a storytelling tool. Shows how to add effects and make changes to the voices so that a story has characters and more impact.


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The Disney 'Comic Strip Artist's Kit' Is Here To Solve Your Problems | Comics Alliance

The Disney 'Comic Strip Artist's Kit' Is Here To Solve Your Problems | Comics Alliance | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

[This is a very cool toolkit.]

 

It's been said in the past that in comics, the artist does the job of a dozen people on a film. The acting, the set design, the angles of the shots, the props -- it all comes down to choices made by artists when they're laying out a page, and when you've got that much going on, it's easy to make a mistake. Fortunately, help has arrived in the form of a seven-page Comic Artist's Toolkit!


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Telling a Story? Tips and Tidbits | gracewolbrink

Telling a Story? Tips and Tidbits | gracewolbrink | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

A storyteller, though voice and jester, invites people to join him/her on a guided tour of images, the place where a story begins, change happens and where life or someone’s awareness will never again be the same: knowing that the beginning will never be the same as the ending.  Here are 8 tips to help tell your story.

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So you want to write a memoir? | New Hampshire Writers Network

So you want to write a memoir? | New Hampshire Writers Network | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

A good story line has a beginning, a middle, and an ending. It also has a plot with tension. Your experience shouldn’t be a breeze, we want conflict, we want to hear about getting a wrong diagnosis, being caught in an elevator when it’s time to deliver your baby, having your arm stuck between a rock and a hard place. If your experience doesn’t have a little bit of drama, a moment or two of “I don’t think she’s going to make it.” then it’s not going to be read by too many people.


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7 secrets of a master digital storyteller | PR Daily

7 secrets of a master digital storyteller | PR Daily | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Savvy and successful companies are telling their own stories in an engaging way. Are you?

 

Brand journalism allows your company to tell its own story in an engaging way that we've never experienced before.

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Beyond 140 Characters: Live Twitter Illustrations | Brands with Fans

Beyond 140 Characters: Live Twitter Illustrations | Brands with Fans | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

 The Creative Conversations series explores methods of communicating creatively, yet conversationally.  This post showcases how illustrations can build your story on Twitter.

 

Last weekend, over 50,000 obsessed foodies descended upon the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Miami. It was a star-studded occasion with celebrity chefs including Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri, and Emeril Lagasse.

 

Evian was a Gold Sponsor of the event. And while they had a presence at the event with a booth, they expanded the experience by turning their Twitter account over to an illustrator for the weekend.

 

Sure, I’ve heard of live tweeting before, but I’ve never seen an illustrator covering an event via Twitter. Accompanied by friendly conversational copy, the illustrations took live tweeting way beyond 140 characters into something very memorable and pass-on-able.

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Visual Storytelling 2 | Comic Alchemy

Visual Storytelling 2 | Comic Alchemy | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

[an interesting example of how a group of people are going about collaboratively finding and telling a story]

 

For those that have missed out I've been teaching a Visual Storytelling workshop series through the Community Classroom at McNally Robinson Booksellers.  What has happened is nothing short of amazing. A group of dedicated writers and artists have crafted a story and are illustrating that story as you read this.  The whole process is intended to produce a work of visual narrative (comics!) that McNally Robinson will then produce on their Espresso Book Machine.  We are in uncharted waters here,  and while I may be at the helm these students are keeping the ship on course in a way that is making me rethink what is possible through collaboration.  So we have embarked on a bit of an experiment in visual storytelling.  A story written and illustrated by 20 people (maybe more, maybe less when all is said an done).

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Digital storytelling tools | Web 2.0 Tools

Digital storytelling tools | Web 2.0 Tools | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

11 resources available online.  Tools and teacher resources reviewed by 2 learn.ca

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Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany | The Guardian

Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany | The Guardian | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

A whole new world of magic animals, brave young princes and evil witches has come to light with the discovery of 500 new fairytales, which were locked away in an archive in Regensburg, Germany for over 150 years. The tales are part of a collection of myths, legends and fairytales, gathered by the local historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810–1886) in the Bavarian region of Oberpfalz at about the same time as the Grimm brothers were collecting the fairytales that have since charmed adults and children around the world.

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Introduction to Digital Storytelling by Alec Couros | Speed of Creativity

Introduction to Digital Storytelling by Alec Couros | Speed of Creativity | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Notes taken from Alec Couros‘s breakout session, “Introduction to Digital Storytelling" which include resources, tools, and examples.

 

In today's media rich world, there are an abundance of digital tools that allow students to express themselves through digital narratives in ways that would have been impossible only a few years ago. This presentation will introduce participants to the tools of digital story telling, provide rich examples of student work, and help to provide context to the relevance of story telling in curriculum and instruction.

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homepage | Drawing by Numbers

homepage | Drawing by Numbers | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

About this website: 

Data visualisation is an effective tool in campaigning, strategic planning, education and analysis. Visualisation and data tools are democratising the use of information by civil society. Thanks to the emergence of easy-to-use tools it is now possible to make maps, interactive charts, network diagrams and other visual creations with limited or no technical knowledge.

 

On this site you will find:

Free-to-use and Open Source software tools and advice for visualising information: to help you make your own charts, maps and mashups and to help you collect and clean up data. Advice on the tactical use of data, evidence and visual communication for activists.Online manuals, toolkits and tutorials.Advice on how you can be smart and safe when using public, online tools. Everyone needs to be concerned about the security risks involved in working with large amounts of information online.

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Finding Your Story Ideas | Catherine Castle

When I first started writing my biggest problem wasn't grammar, or punctuation, or even the fact that I was a terrible typist (thank goodness for computers!). My biggest problem was finding something to write about. I’d read a story in the newspaper, smack myself on the forehead, and think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Then I went to a writer’s conference and heard Dennis Hensley speak. He talked about finding ideas, and said he had so many ideas that even if he wrote 24 hours a day, for the rest of his life, he’d never exhaust his supply. Since then I’ve been collecting idea tips. Here’s a few things that help me keep my idea pump primed.

- keep an idea file

- look for the interest factor

- go to children's programs

- don't throw away the junk mail

- read widely

- look for trivia and anniversaries

- steal a plot and make it your own

- use your idea file creatively

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Storyboard Generator | ACMI

Storyboard Generator | ACMI | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Generator is a creative studio space for teachers and students to explore exemplary work by their peers and industry professionals. Comment, tag, and share creative work and education resources.

Download and upload work to the extensive Free Media Library. Submit your final creations to be showcased in the Video Gallery.  The content on Generator is designed primarily for students in Year 7 to 11. Younger students in Years 5 to 6 will also enjoy the content. Occasionally, there will be video content that is best suited to an older audience.

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Writing 25 Word Stories | The Tempered Radical

Writing 25 Word Stories | The Tempered Radical | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it
So what's a 25 word story -- and more importantly, why would you want your kids to write them?

 

Well, a 25 word story is exactly what it sounds like: A 25 word story. It's a writing style that I first discovered by following Kevin Hogdson -- a really remarkable sixth grade language arts teacher -- in Twitter.

 

Kevin was regularly writing these incredible stories contained in a single tweet that had a clear beginning, middle and ending. They were emotional. They were funny. They were provocative and they were cool. And while there doesn't seem to be a ton of people writing them anymore, a little community grew up around the short stories being shared with the #25wordstory hashtag.  Included is a downloadable handout to help write a really good 25 word story.


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Preview- Show, not Tell: Storytelling for Nonprofits in the Digital Age | Sarah F Peralta

Preview- Show, not Tell: Storytelling for Nonprofits in the Digital Age | Sarah F Peralta | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

In the Age of Information Overload, nonprofit organizations often struggle with communicating their mission to the public. Since nonprofits rely on donors, volunteers, and the goodwill of the community for support, they must be able to explain their impact and why anyone should care. By using visual storytelling, a communication technique that utilizes photos, video, and other multimedia, nonprofits can communicate their message, connect with new audiences, and inspire them to get involved.

 

The SXSW Interactive panel “Mother Goose Got Punked” brings the top creative minds in the nonprofit community to teach organizations how they can implement visual storytelling to engage supporters. Panelist Aaron Bramley, Co-Founder & Director of Communication & Education for Austin-based Lights.Camera.Help, explains that with visual storytelling “you can really connect with an audience in a way that is concise and fits with what people are looking for online these days.”  Read the article for tips & examples.

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Seven Tips to Meet the Challenge | The Armchair Genealogist

Seven Tips to Meet the Challenge | The Armchair Genealogist | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

You may have a combination of family artifacts you’ve inherited and family history you have researched. To help transform masses of information into a story for yourself and your family, I’m going to share seven tips which I’ve gleaned from books, classes, and my own experience.

- Reduce the scope

- Brainstorm your most compelling stories

- Develop a Theme

- Make a list of characters

- Organize the information you have

- Make a rough outline

- Turn to your blog for completed stories

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Facebook Timeline For Brands: It's About Storytelling | Forbes

Facebook Timeline For Brands: It's About Storytelling | Forbes | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Yes, this is a beautiful unified design standard that is way more appealing than the default “Wall” tab on Facebook. The organizing principles appeal to Brand Managers in the same way it did my type A friends upon Timeline’s launch for personal pages. But if you look behind the headlines, functional analysis and feature listings, there’s an underlying storyline that needs to be told. The story, is Stories.

 

If you read between the lines, you’ll discover that the entire Facebook platform is organized around the generation and amplification of stories. Marketers should be singularly focused to do both effectively. Here’s how: Timeline helps brands become better storytellers and extends the reach of those stories to more customers and prospects.  Here's how

- Every brand has a story. Tell yours.

- Stories get the “star” treatment.

- Apps are story generation engines – verbs are the fuel.

- A story worth telling is one worth amplifying.

- A picture paints a thousand words.

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