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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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Ramblings: Journaling vs Blogging

Ramblings: Journaling vs Blogging | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

I just had so much to write in those 18 months. So much was going on in my life, both good and bad, and I needed an outlet. I was noveling and story-writing like crazy then, and I had several friends with whom I exchanged emails on an almost-daily basis, but I still needed an outlet. So I journaled.

 

I noticed, though, that my journaling died off completely when I began blogging regularly in February 2008. It was flagging before then, with much fewer journal entries in late 2007, but after I began blogging, I stopped journaling altogether.

 

But here's the thing - while blogging was a great outlet for me, and I wrote tons and tons of posts, it lacked one thing that journaling didn't: privacy.

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Change Your Story Today – Be The Story Teller Of Your Future | I Heart Wellness

Change Your Story Today – Be The Story Teller Of Your Future | I Heart Wellness | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

So, fess up, What's your story?? You don't need to answer for the world to see here on the blog, but write it down. Take your journal and write out what story has been en-grained in you from a young age.  This story is holding you back in all areas.  Discover how to rewrite your story.

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Hollywood knows a thing or two.... | The Pocketeers

Hollywood knows a thing or two.... | The Pocketeers | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

The one primary objective of storymakers is how to elicit emotion, we read books to FEEL something.  At their core stories are very simple and built on a foundation of CHARACTER, DESIRE and CONFLICT. Every good story is about a captivating character pursuing some compelling desire and facing seemingly insurmountable objects in achieving it. That's it! All Hollywood movies Michael Hague claims, work on a visible level in those three areas.

 

So how do we achieve this in our writing?  Character, desire, and conflict.

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How to Tell Stories That Create Action | Marketing Profs

How to Tell Stories That Create Action | Marketing Profs | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Your job is to understand how you can share your story in a way that motivates your audience to share it. How can you make your story part of your audience’s story? Your mission as a storyteller is to empower your audience to be storysharers.

 

Before you create a video, ask yourself these questions:

- Is this something our audience will be compelled to share?

- Is this content a gift to our audience?

- What will it say about my audience when they share it? Why would they be compelled to share this?

Then look at suggestions for what videos work best and what plot structures you can use.

 

A link is provided to the free 53 page ebook “The Starter Guide to Nonprofit Video Storytelling,” that helps you learn how to create emotionally engaging video stories.

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7 lessons presenters can learn from storytellers | Make a Powerful Point

7 lessons presenters can learn from storytellers | Make a Powerful Point | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

It’s as if in the fine-print of ppt, buried somewhere deep in the license agreement, there’s a line that says, PowerPoint reserves the right to remove all personality, humor and human connection for the duration of this presentation.

 

There’s a lot presenters can learn from storytellers. Take a look at this from Moran Cerf a the Moth GrandSlam. A competition for master story-tellers.


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The Complexity of a Storytelling Image | Brenda Tharp Photographs

The Complexity of a Storytelling Image | Brenda Tharp Photographs | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

It’s an interesting connundrum when you do travel or photojournalistic-style photography. Your main goal is telling a story, and that might mean including quite a bit of information.  Though I love to simplify scenes when I travel, sometimes the story is in all the little details that make the picture work.

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Do More With Less: 4 sneaky ways to tell your story without actually journaling | Do more with less

Do More With Less: 4 sneaky ways to tell your story without actually journaling | Do more with less | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

So, you are a person of few written words. Is it possible for you to scrapbook without actually journaling? Of course. Let me share 4 sneaky ways to tell your story without actually journaling.

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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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Have Fun Storming The Castle - Writing Lessons From The Princess Bride | Story A Day

Have Fun Storming The Castle - Writing Lessons From The Princess Bride | Story A Day | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Writing a story is a lot like storming a castle: get writing tips from Wesley, Inigo and even Vizzini, in Rob Reiner's classic movie The Princess Bride.  The top tips are:

- have a good reason to storm the castle

- formulate a plan

- be flexible

- stay true to your goal

- trust that an ending will present itself if you keep moving towards it

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Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves | TED

"We create stories to define our existence. If we do not create the stories, we probably go mad.” (Shekhar Kapur)

 

Where does creative inspiration spring from? At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic.

 

Shekhar Kapur is a visionary filmmaker and storyteller who works at the intersection of art, myth and activism.

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Sound Effects in storytelling | Kidmunication

Sound Effects in storytelling | Kidmunication | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

There are a multitude of different sound effects you can add in to any children's story, from the sound of wind whooshing and the sound of water dripping to the “KNOCK KNOCK” of the wolf on Grandma’s door.

 

Using sound effects in children's stories is a great technique for getting them involved in the story and enjoying story time.

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From Dickens to the Green Executive: Storytelling for Sustainability | Terra Infirma

From Dickens to the Green Executive: Storytelling for Sustainability | Terra Infirma | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

At Tipping Point Newcastle last week there was a lot of talk about how "angry" we should be about the state of the world and how we could "sustain that anger."  If you want to change your organisation, or the whole world, don't get angry, tell stories about where you are and where you should be.

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Tarot Journaling Prompts | Tarot Journaling

Tarot Journaling Prompts | Tarot Journaling | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Journaling prompts are designed to get your pen moving on the page — simply by giving you a quick and easy "fill-in-the-blank" statement.

 

Some tarot journaling prompts will work with any card: you can draw a card at random, or choose any card you want to study. Other prompts are inspired by specific cards that you'll need to pull from your deck.


Via Kathy Hansen
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Journaling in Scrapbooks | StillStampingWithSue.com

Journaling in Scrapbooks | StillStampingWithSue.com | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

When Sue saw this list of 22 "journaling starters", it was just what she needed to spark up her scrapbook pages. This list made her think of pages that she should create.

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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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