Serious Play
Follow
Find tag "Writing"
44.1K views | +5 today
Serious Play
All about fun, imaginative learning and training.
Curated by Ariana Amorim
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Ariana Amorim
Scoop.it!

Storytelling Essentials: 15 Lessons From 2013's INBOUND Bold Talks

Storytelling Essentials: 15 Lessons From 2013's INBOUND Bold Talks | Serious Play | Scoop.it
See 15 lessons on business storytelling derived from 35 INBOUND Bold Talks from the 2013 INBOUND conference.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ariana Amorim from Digital Delights for Learners
Scoop.it!

Story Starters

Story Starters | Serious Play | 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

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
more...
Judith Morais's curator insight, February 4, 5:31 AM

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

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, February 4, 4:10 PM

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?!?

Marc Quentel's curator insight, February 5, 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 ?

Scooped by Ariana Amorim
Scoop.it!

Writing Your Way to Happiness

Writing Your Way to Happiness | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ariana Amorim from How to find and tell your story
Scoop.it!

Three things my six-year-old shows us about great writing and collaborative storytelling | JG Communication

Three things my six-year-old shows us about great writing and collaborative storytelling | JG Communication | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"For my 40th birthday last year, my son gave me a book he’d written. It had a cover on which he’d written down the story’s title and had drawn a cover picture, and it was filled with several empty pages that he’d taped together. The idea was that we would write the story together."

 

Read the full article to find out more about these three storytelling tips to get you started:

Write your headline firstKnow your audienceGrab your audience's interest
Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
more...
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, March 14, 2014 5:34 PM

Not everybody can write a good story well.  What everybody does have, is a story to tell.  If you're writing skills aren't up to snuff, look for other ways to tell your story.  Or, as this article demonstrates, you don't have to tell your story alone. Consider collaborative storytelling.

Rescooped by Ariana Amorim from How to find and tell your story
Scoop.it!

8 Tips For Creating Great Stories From George RR Martin, Junot Diaz And Other Top Storytellers | Co.Create

8 Tips For Creating Great Stories From George RR Martin, Junot Diaz And Other Top Storytellers | Co.Create | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Jeff Vandermeer's Wonderbook: The Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction is jammed with storytelling wisdom from some of world's top fantasy writers. As Vandermeer tells Co.Create, "A recurring thing in Wonderbook is to think of stories as being more like living creatures than machines."

 

Read the full article to find out more about these storytelling tips from the book:

Tell, don't showName wiselyBuild a better backstoryTake your lumpsLet it bloomFinish the thingDeform the familiarTalk to strangers


Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
more...
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, October 9, 2013 2:53 AM

The pictures in this article are amazing.  I wish I could preview all of them and not just the story lizard.  Prologue Fish and other infographic helpmates are designed to banish dry textual analysis in favor of a kicking, screaming, slithering approach to storytelling creativity.


I took at a look at the preview on Amazon and I think I'll have to buy it even if it's just to look at the pictures.

Wonderbook:  The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

Claudio Gentile's curator insight, October 9, 2013 10:31 AM

8 #consigli per creare #grandi #storie  

Rescooped by Ariana Amorim from Tools for Teachers & Learners
Scoop.it!

Things to Think About

Kids’ Things to Think About provides 100 prompts to spark thinking for written responses and encourage conversations about ideas and issues for kids. Created by students and teachers in Michigan, it can be used in classrooms or with families by allowing children to explore the prompts and by using them to guide a discussion


Via Nik Peachey
Ariana Amorim's insight:

-12 categories of questions including Friends, Family, School, Fun and Feelings.

-Challenges kids to dream about the future, think through “what would you do..” scenarios and make decisions about interesting topics. 

more...
Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 19, 2013 4:21 AM

Nice app to find things to get kids talking.

Rumi's comment, September 20, 2013 3:42 AM
Thank you!
Scooped by Ariana Amorim
Scoop.it!

Writing and the Creative Life: “Creativity-In-Action”

Writing and the Creative Life: “Creativity-In-Action” | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Creativity requires more than inspiration; it requires us to build skills and knowledge, to master the craft.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ariana Amorim
Scoop.it!

Become a Better Writer with These Important Reading Skills First

Become a Better Writer with These Important Reading Skills First | Serious Play | Scoop.it
A lot of people want to improve their writing skills, both professionally and personally. In order to achieve that, a key ingredient is often ignored: Reading.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ariana Amorim from Digital Delights for Learners
Scoop.it!

StoryToolz : Resources for Authors

StoryToolz : Resources for Authors | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
more...
Jasmin Rez's curator insight, July 4, 2013 11:28 AM

Useful Writing Tools and Resources

tom jackson's curator insight, July 6, 2013 7:48 AM

need assistance with writing prompts and critique?

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:59 AM

Really good tools for writters

Scooped by Ariana Amorim
Scoop.it!

9 Persuasion Lessons from a 4-Year-Old

9 Persuasion Lessons from a 4-Year-Old | Serious Play | Scoop.it

How confident are you in your persuasion skills?

After months and months of providing your most valuable teaching, are you hearing crickets chirping when you finally make your audience an offer?

 

Enter Elijah. He’s a child that gets what he wants — almost every time.

He’s just that skilled at the art of persuasion. Here are nine things my son has taught me about getting people to do what you want them to do — every single time …

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ariana Amorim
Scoop.it!

Give killer presentations: Think like a writer

Give killer presentations: Think like a writer | Serious Play | Scoop.it
PowerPoint presentations are boring, but don't blame Microsoft. Instead, learn to communicate more effectively by thinking like a writer when you plan your speech.
Ariana Amorim's insight:

Main ideas here:

Most business presentations fail because they're based on bad assumptions. Here are some examples of those assumptions:

The audience cares about you and what you have to say. (They don't.)The audience is thinking about what you're saying. (They're not.)The audience can grasp the details of your complex slides on first exposure. (They can't, and they won't.)

A typical business presentation breaks down communication into subjects like these:

Our company.Our product.Our product's architecture.Our value proposition.

These might be the right categories to discuss if the people in the audience were passionately curious about you and your company. But they're not.

 

A good writer is more likely to break down the parts of communication into the categories that reflect how the human brain works, like these:

Mental images.Stories.Emotions.Information.

Through this article, you can learn more about how you can organize your presentation around these categories.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ariana Amorim
Scoop.it!

Journal Writing as a Teaching Technique to Promote Reflection

Journal Writing as a Teaching Technique to Promote Reflection | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Objective: To introduce the process of journal writing to promote reflection and discuss the techniques and strategies to implement journal writing in an athletic training education curriculum.

Background: Journal writing can facilitate reflection and allow students to express feelings regarding their educational experiences. The format of this writing can vary depending on the students' needs and the instructor's goals.

Description: Aspects of journal writing assignments are discussed, including different points to take into account before assigning the journals. Lastly, various factors to contemplate are presented when providing feedback to the students regarding their written entries.

more...
Rui Vasco Silva's comment, May 28, 2013 6:30 AM
Isto é muito MEM. ;)
Rescooped by Ariana Amorim from How to find and tell your story
Scoop.it!

National Storytelling Week – Basic Storytelling Tips | Scottish Storytelling Centre

National Storytelling Week – Basic Storytelling Tips | Scottish Storytelling Centre | Serious Play | Scoop.it

National Storytelling Week (Sat 31 Jan to Sun 8 Feb) was set up by the Society for Storytelling 15 years ago and aims to promote the oral tradition of storytelling; celebrating our most ancient art form.

 

"We have sourced some sound advice from two of our directory storytellers who give simple tips for getting to grips with learning a story and top tips for telling a tale."

 

Read the full article to find out more about:

Ewan McVicar’s top 10 handy hints for storytelling.  How to choose and tell a tell a story.Judy Paterson's step-by-step guide to learning a story.  This is not as difficult as you might think. Once you have used this technique with simple and short stories you will find it easy to learn longer and more involved stories.
Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
more...
Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 4, 6:05 PM

Did you know it's National Storytelling Week? Well -- now you do :))


I always advocate for oral storytelling in business because of the critical skills people learn that go way beyond making a sale (although that's important, too). Skills like better communication, visual language and design, leadership, transformation, thinking on your feet, customer connection, word of mouth marketing, etc. I could go on and on. 


It takes longer to learn these skills through writing. I'm all about finding hacks (maximum return with less time) for greater efficiencies. Storytelling is a great hack for all kinds of purposes.


Of course it takes time to learn oral story skills! But it's all about taking the time now to build those skills so you can go fast later. 


Story on!

Dominique Taste's curator insight, February 5, 2:15 PM

10 étapes à transposer de la pratique du conte oral au storytelling et quelques conseils pour vous entraîner, mémoriser et bien restituer votre storytelling à l'oral.

Scooped by Ariana Amorim
Scoop.it!

Skills Converged > Creative Writing Exercise: The Last Straw

Skills Converged > Creative Writing Exercise: The Last Straw | Serious Play | Scoop.it

In this creative writing exercise delegates change a given instruction to a funny statement that is deemed more effective. The humour helps to increase the likelihood of the instruction being followed and also make it more memorable. It is a good exercise for writing short instructions/signs to be used in public places.

  
Ariana Amorim's insight:
Convert a typical instruction found in public to something that is more engaging and more likely to be followed.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ariana Amorim from How to find and tell your story
Scoop.it!

15+ Resources to Inspire Writing with Digital Prompts by @ShellTerrell | TeacherCast

15+ Resources to Inspire Writing with Digital Prompts by @ShellTerrell | TeacherCast | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"One of my favorite activities with my students was having them keep daily journals. Each day, they knew the routine. Grab their journals, grab a pillow, sit where they want and spend 5 minutes responding to the prompt on the board. Nowadays, technology provides us more engaging ways to encourage writing. Students can journal online with blogs or use mobile technologies to capture images, record videos, and post podcasts. They can make their voices more engaging, spread their ideas, and receive comments from around the world."

 

Read the full article to find ideas and resources to inspire your writing.


Via Cindy Rudy, Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
more...
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, June 3, 2014 1:38 AM

Some great ideas and prompts to help anyone find, develop, and tell their story.

Scooped by Ariana Amorim
Scoop.it!

How A 5-Year-Old Used An iPad To Become A Published Author - Edudemic

How A 5-Year-Old Used An iPad To Become A Published Author - Edudemic | Serious Play | Scoop.it
In 2012 John Tambunan used an iPad to become one of the youngest ever publishers on Apple's iBookstore. His book 'Little Fish' has since been downloaded across the world over 7,800 times.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ariana Amorim from How to find and tell your story
Scoop.it!

5 Secret Tips To Writing A Successful Short Story | Huffington Post

5 Secret Tips To Writing A Successful Short Story | Huffington Post | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. But the secret to successfully getting a short story published is to add something special to your storytelling mix…something that captures the attention of editors and readers alike. While there are no hard and fast rules for creating a great short story, here are a few industry secrets that will help your writing stand out."

 

Read the full article to find out more about:

- Identify The Heart Of Your Story

- See Things Differently

- Opposites Attract

- Craft A Strong Title

- Shorter Is Sweeter


Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ariana Amorim
Scoop.it!

Writing at the Speed of the Unconscious

Writing at the Speed of the Unconscious | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Writing faster than you think possible can unleash creativity and prevent writer's block.
Ariana Amorim's insight:

"The unconscious mind is fast. The conscious mind is slower.

Many writing techniques or exercises exploit that difference in speed. These techniques all share the goal of writing so fast that the conscious mind cannot catch up and break in with critical comments."

 

In this post you'll find a simple exercise for experiencing the speed of the unconscious mind, derived from an InterPlay exercise done with a partner. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ariana Amorim
Scoop.it!

Skills Converged > Creative Writing Exercise: Setting, Reflection, Conversation

Skills Converged > Creative Writing Exercise: Setting, Reflection, Conversation | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"This is a fun exercise where delegates get to practice creative writing in groups. Some people find writing difficult especially knowing where to start. This exercise is designed to inspire delegates and help them to write creatively by thinking of associations between prewritten passages given to them.

The writing exercise is also helpful for public speaking or impromptu speech. It helps delegates to systematically create content by getting inspired from reading other content."

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ariana Amorim from How to find and tell your story
Scoop.it!

Seven Deadly Tricks, Seven Ways to Storytelling | Bipul Deb Nath

1. Overcoming the monster

2. Rags to riches

3. Quest

4. Voyage and return

5. Comedy

6. Tragedy

7. Rebirth


Via José Carlos, Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
more...
Sharrock's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:11 AM

Attention, engagement, communication! these are 21st century goals to make an experience valuable.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, July 12, 2013 5:23 PM

This is well laid out.  Each story type is described and includes 2 supporting slides:  1) story outline and an example.

Sonja Blignaut's curator insight, August 6, 2013 5:25 AM

Great presentation on Booker's 7 Basic Plots

Scooped by Ariana Amorim
Scoop.it!

9 Tips on Becoming a More Creative and Productive Writer

9 Tips on Becoming a More Creative and Productive Writer | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Here are five quick tips for getting yourself unstuck (followed by four more tips on how to apply them in the real world) …

Take notesTry freewritingDraw a mind mapPlay with your dogGive thanks
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ariana Amorim
Scoop.it!

Ten Timeless Persuasive Writing Techniques

Ten Timeless Persuasive Writing Techniques | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Want to convince your readers to do something or agree with your point of view?

OK, that was a silly question. Of course you do.

Persuasion is generally an exercise in creating a win-win situation. You present a case that others find beneficial to agree with. You make them an offer they can’t refuse, but not in the manipulative Godfather sense.

It’s simply a good deal or a position that makes sense to that particular person.

But there are techniques that can make your job easier and your case more compelling. While this list is in no way comprehensive, these 10 strategies are used quite a bit because they work.

Ariana Amorim's insight:

Ten persuasive writing strategies that can work for you:


Repetition

Reasons Why

Consistency

Social Proof

Comparisons

Agitate and Solve

Prognosticate

Go Tribal

Address Objections

Storytelling

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ariana Amorim
Scoop.it!

Creative Writing Courses and Ideas: An Online Resource for Writers

Creative Writing Courses and Ideas: An Online Resource for Writers | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Here are hundreds of writing ideas, along with free tips and worksheets for writers. You can also sign up for our free online creative writing courses.
Ariana Amorim's insight:

Find exactly what you need for your writing; including:

 

Writing ideas, story starters, and poetry prompts;

Step-by-step guides on how to write a story, poem, novel, and more;

Free downloadable tools, including story planning worksheets and character profiling questionnaires;

Tips and techniques to make your writing more powerful.

more...
No comment yet.