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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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Storytelling Cube | TPRS Teacher

Storytelling Cube | TPRS Teacher | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

In order to do this activity, you will need to create storytelling cubes for your students. One cube should have a different character on each side and the other cube should have a different problem image on each side.  Once students have rolled each cube, have them come up with a story.

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Storytelling 101: Crafting Your Illustration for Maximum Impact | Dynamic Communicators

To tell a story, you need to understand story composition. Like bones for the body, the right elements have the ability to make a story–and your message–stand. Learn the rules, and you can move your message (and audience) anywhere you want it to go. Ignore them, and your message is likely to flounder.

 

Determine your objective, and then identify these five elements of your story. Use each one to further your objective, concluding with a resolution that drives your objective home.

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9 key elements that can help journalists be better video storytellers | Poynter.org

Video stories, whether features, spot news or documentaries, tend to rely on the same set of elements to inform and engage viewers. These building blocks separate video from other storytelling formats, and the more you’re aware of them, the more efficiently you can create videos that have an impact.

I’ve listed out nine elements that can help you:

- Determine a story’s video potential.

- Plan a video story, from overall structure to specific shot selections.

- Evaluate the effectiveness of the video stories you and others create.

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Storyteller's Rulebook #123: There’s More Than One Type of Storytelling Irony | Cockeyed Caravan

Storyteller's Rulebook #123: There’s More Than One Type of Storytelling Irony | Cockeyed Caravan | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

I've talked about irony a lot on this blog but it can all get a little unclear, because irony can have so many different meanings.  Here’s what I see as The Seven Types of Storytelling Irony...

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Storytelling for User Experience: Empathy and connection | Rosenfeld Media

Storytelling for User Experience: Empathy and connection | Rosenfeld Media | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

This article looks at what the difference is between a scenario and a story.

 

When we include not just the basics of who, what, why, and how, but also the rich texture of the experience, we have created a story that is both useful and helps us connect to the people who will use the products we create.

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A Diverse Collection of Free Storytelling Stuff | A Storied Career

A Diverse Collection of Free Storytelling Stuff | A Storied Career | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Periodically Kathy likes to do a roundup of storytelling goodies from the generous world of applied storytelling. Fans, students, and practitioners in this field can build a nice little library of white papers, ebooks, tools, checklists, online videos, and much more without spending a dime. Here are the goodies she's come across recently...

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Writing Process Technique – Identify Your Readership | Get Great Results

Writing Process Technique – Identify Your Readership | Get Great Results | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

When you identify your ideal readers – the people who you want to read your story or message – you gain several huge benefits, among them engaged readers, clarity, consistency and improved writing quality.

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Nobody Remembers Your Story the Way You Do | Heart & Craft

Nobody Remembers Your Story the Way You Do | Heart & Craft | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

The three fundamental facts about the importance of writing your own life story:

- if you want your story written right, write it yourself

- sharing stories with others is a great way to set the recrod straight

- collaboration fills in blanks in family history

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Storytelling Dice: New Sales Role Play Game | InsightDemand

Storytelling Dice: New Sales Role Play Game | InsightDemand | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Storytelling Dice is a new game that will allow your salespeople and marketing teams to:
Learn how to make your value propositions stick like Velcro by telling relevant and memorable stories ... and more.

 

Because there is an element of chance to the game by rolling the dice (36-possible stories with 6 title/goals cards and 6 villain cards), your salespeople will have to think on their feet. Since each sales situation is different, knowing how to adapt your stories on the fly is a valuable skill.


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The Protagonist is You: Using Storytelling to Solve Business and Life Challenges | MikalFM

The Protagonist is You: Using Storytelling to Solve Business and Life Challenges | MikalFM | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

The power of story is the ability to articulate in organized thought the issues at hand as well as surrounding context. If we can apply our best thinking and identify coherent solutions to external issues by placing ourselves in the protagonist’s shoes, what happens when the protagonist is you?  Challenge yourself, write your way out of the problem.

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That's write… for cinema | Business Line

That's write… for cinema | Business Line | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Screenwriting guru Robert McKee brings his famed Story Seminar to Hyderabad and decodes what will work, and what won't, for the storyteller attempting onscreen magic.

 

Here are some of his key commandments:

- story is a metaphor for life

- write the truth

- spectacle as substitute to story doesn't work

- talent without craft is energy wasted

- style vs substance

- using coincidence or 'deus ex machina' is the ultimate sin

- no rules to storytelling except one - don't bore the people!

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Q&A: Screenwriter Chris McCoy, Part 5 | Go Into The Story

Q&A: Screenwriter Chris McCoy, Part 5 | Go Into The Story | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Chris McCoy answers a few craft questions around screenwriting.

- Does he work out his story before he starts writing it or does he prefer to type FADE in and see where that takes him?  What is his approach to the prep process?

- What are the key aspects of his character development process?

- What tips he has about how to develop one’s ability to write good dialogue?

- How does he go about the process of plotting a story?

- What’s his take on the idea of “theme”? How important are story themes to him when developing and writing a script?

- What does he like & hate about screenwriting?

- What is the single best piece of advice he can give to aspiring screenwriters?

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Fear of storytelling | People of the Second Chance

Fear of storytelling | People of the Second Chance | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Telling your story isn’t nearly as terrifying as not telling it.  Because honestly, learning how to share your story is the only way to truly heal. By wrestling with how to share it, you are forced to find words to define your emotional experiences. And as you do, you realize that those words don’t define you. Those experiences don’t define you. You are not defined by your story.

 

And in telling your story, you own it, so that it doesn’t own you.

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Rivi… Rive… Revision (Or, How to Love the Red Pen) | Schiel & Denver Ramblings

Rivi… Rive… Revision (Or, How to Love the Red Pen) | Schiel & Denver Ramblings | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Revision? What are you, crazy? But I tell you truly: as an author, editing is the greatest act of love you can perform for your book, your characters, your editor, and your readers.  When editing a book, it helps if you review it three times: once to find the heart of it, once to find the bones that give it structure, and once to smooth the words that clothe it.  Here's the details to complete these 3 reviews.

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Storytelling and emotional connections in blog posts | The Business of Being a Blogger

Storytelling and emotional connections in blog posts | The Business of Being a Blogger | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Storytelling makes sales letters and blog posts so much more entertaining to read.  So what are the elements of a great story? How can you use it in your blog posts to increase your credibility? And how do you use the emotional connections to make blogging work so much better for you?  Here are the 7 most key skills and elements to master as a blogger.

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The Story You Were Meant To Live by Amy Oscar | Allison Nazarian

The Story You Were Meant To Live by Amy Oscar | Allison Nazarian | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

You are already living the life you were meant to live; here’s how to make it into the life you want.  You get your power back by choosing to bring your internal story – the one that’s been whispering to you all of your life – to the world. By translating wishes into choices and, with courage and humility, stepping onto the stage of your own life.

In this way, you change the story of your life – and the world.  Here's 3 ways on how to bring your inner story out into the light.

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The Chicken-Egg Paradox of Storytelling | Write to Done

The Chicken-Egg Paradox of Storytelling | Write to Done | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Of course I'm talking about storytelling here. Our initial story ideas are very much like eggs. Precious, yet completely worthless until you do something with them. Not healthy or delicious until they're cooked, seasoned and, if you consider yourself a chef, added to other ingredients and all gussied up, because presentation is everything.

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Developing a story in 5 easy steps | Brain Burst Writing

Developing a story in 5 easy steps | Brain Burst Writing | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

My last post described something I suppose would be akin to writer's block. I had an image packed with a particular feeling but no story. As much as I dug for the story, it wouldn't come forward. In this post, I’m going to outline the steps I’m taking or have already taken to get a novel ready for writing. My basic preparation philosophy follows that of film pre-production and so may seem kind of dry or tedious.

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Shilo Shiv Suleman: Using Tech to enable dreaming | TED

Has our technology -- our cell phones and iPods and cameras -- stopped us from dreaming? Young artist Shilo Shiv Suleman says no, as she demos "Khoya," her new storybook for iPad, which floats us through a magical world in 7 minutes of pure creativity.

Shilo Shiv Suleman is an illustrator, storyteller and iPad book creator.


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A Week's Worth of Journaling Prompts: The Characters in Your Life | Writing Through Life

A Week's Worth of Journaling Prompts: The Characters in Your Life | Writing Through Life | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

This week’s prompts are character journaling exercises, designed to trigger memories and help describe influential people in your life.

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A Picture Can Spark a Thousand Words | Heart & Craft

A Picture Can Spark a Thousand Words | Heart & Craft | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Nothing can get words and memories flowing for a life writer quite like a picture. Whether you’re journaling, writing a simple story or crafting a memoir, pictures can bring back memories as fresh as wet paint, and having the picture as a focal point may enable you to revisit the memory from many angles.

 

Whether you find pictures from your own photos or enticing new sources, here are 5 tips for using them to best advantage.

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How do you craft your leadership story? | Following to Lead

How do you craft your leadership story? | Following to Lead | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

I’d like to share how to craft your own leadership story. While the following method is not the only way to craft a leadership story, it is certainly an effective way that is easy to learn. We’ll discuss three basic principles: purpose, plot, and the principle of parsimony.


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Audio Snaphots of Your Life Story | Create Your Life Story

Audio Snaphots of Your Life Story | Create Your Life Story | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Start practicing recording and storytelling skills with short single topic recording that build into your LifeStory biography and memoir.  Get your confidence in 4 easy steps.

 

Included is a quick start guide.

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Video Killed the Big-Budget Movie Star | Zooppa

Video Killed the Big-Budget Movie Star | Zooppa | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

You don't have to have a multi-million-dollar budget. Don’t be intimidated by those feature films. Instead, harness their methods for your own clever purposes.

 

All these methods are just focusing your audiences’ attention. Cropping an image, focusing on one object, accentuating certain colors… it’s all drawing their attention and creating a specific mood. This is the essence of filmmaking… it is how to tell your story.

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Storytelling-V. 5 Ideas. 5 Blogs. 5 Days. | Forbes

Storytelling-V. 5 Ideas. 5 Blogs. 5 Days. | Forbes | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

The secret to memorable storytelling is to allow your hero to change.

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