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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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Some Very Good iPad Apps for Fighting Writer's Block | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Some Very Good iPad Apps for Fighting Writer's Block | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Writer's block is  a crippling condition in which one's creative process slows down to the minimum. It's a symptom of 'creativity blockage' which hits writers. People differ in how they deal with their writer's block but one effective way we have at our hands is the use of technology."


Read the full article to obtain the links and find out more about these iPad apps that tackle writer's block by providing prompts and incentives to write creatively:

  • Write About This
  • Prompts
  • A Novel Idea
  • The Brainstormer

Via Ariana Amorim
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

It's always interesting to see where the most seemingly unrelated ideas can take you.  And by focusing on something else is often all you need to get the creativity flowing again.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, May 31, 2015 12:05 PM

These can be useful story prompts for storytellers as well as for educators.

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Story Starter Tool | Ozge Karaoglu

Story Starter Tool | Ozge Karaoglu | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Scholastic Story Starters is an online machine that randomly generates a story starter for you. You choose your theme, write your name and grade. Then spin the wheel to get story prompts. Your story starter can be ‘Write three wishes of a giant milkmaid whose tears turn things to stone.’ or ‘Write a mysterious message to a pleasant lion that has a jet pack.’ If you can like, you spin smaller wheels to change different parts of your story starter.  The tool, then, lead you to start writing your story."


Via Cindy Rudy
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

While this is meant for elementary aged kids, story prompts are great to get the creative juices flowing for any age.  Easy to use.

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Character trumps Credentials | Anecdote

"We’re also pleased to announce the release of our new eBook, Character Trumps Credentials: 171 Questions that Help Leaders Tell Great Stories that Influence, Engage and Inspire. Addressing various themes, from collaboration to diversity and loyalty, these questions will stimulate the discovery of great stories in your own personal history – great stories that will help you become a great storyteller."


For a limited time you can download this eBook for free - just click on the link above.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

This is a great compilation of story prompts for leaders.


Be sure to check out Anecdote's website to access their blog and for more great resources.

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The 10 Key Questions That Help Tell Your Story | Seeking Story

The 10 Key Questions That Help Tell Your Story | Seeking Story | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Telling a great story is even harder when you are living in the middle of it. This is why so many powerful and moving stories are never told.


So how do you get started on a story?  How do you keep from getting overwhelmed by the details?"


Read the full article to find out more about these 10 prompts to help you find your story:

  1. What’s unique about you?
  2. What is interesting about how you got to where you are at right now?
  3. What problem are you equipped to solve?
  4. What inspires you?
  5. What “aha!” moments have you experienced?
  6. How have you evolved and grown?
  7. How do you feel about your work, the people you interact with, and yourself?
  8. What is a nontraditional way to tell your story?
  9. What do you consider normal and boring, that others might think is cool?
  10. How will you change the world?
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What’s Your Story? Personal Branding 101 | Medium

What’s Your Story? Personal Branding 101 | Medium | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Your Personal Brand is who YOU are, YOU must define it, tell YOUR story and share YOUR passions!

We must first establish your story and what you want others to know and/or not know about yourself. Knowing what your story is or how you want to share it is often overwhelming so I recommend starting with these questions..."


Read the full article to find out more about these questions to help you develop your stories: 

  1. What are 4 things you wish every person you were meeting for the first time either in business or personally knew about you?
  2. What 4 accomplishments in your life are you most proud of?
  3. What 4 leaders, mentors, authors or people in your life do you look up to or trust the most?
  4. What 4 secrets or pieces of data do you hope are never able to be found online?
  5. What is your favorite quote?
  6. What is your tagline or motto?
  7. What are your favorite two pictures of yourself?
  8. What did you do or say to create the authentic relationships with your friends today?
  9. When you vent or share your ideas do you write them down? do you call a friend? do you skype or use video?
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

These are good personal story prompts.  Once you’ve answered these questions you have the outline for your story.


To find out more on how to build your story and use it to enhance your personal brand on your resume, cover letter, or an online format, check out the presentation at the bottom of the article.

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Dynamic Story Starter | Freeology

Dynamic Story Starter | Freeology | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Use this tool to help come up with creative writing topics. Click the buttons for setting, character and conflict suggestions. If you don’t like the suggestions, click again. Maybe you’ll use the idea or maybe it will stir up an original idea."

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

What a fun tool! This would make a great team building activity. Similar to 5 Card Flickr concept.  Here's an example of what my first selection drew:

  • setting = an airplane
  • character = corrupt politician
  • conflict = your character is terrified of shoes
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Teamwork Exercise: Tell a Story about Your Past | Skills Converged

Teamwork Exercise: Tell a Story about Your Past | Skills Converged | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"This exercise provides a structure which allows delegates to share their views, experiences and values regarding teamwork and leadership with others. This exercise works for both newly formed teams and more established ones. You can also run the exercise for delegates from different backgrounds as well as it helps to share experiences across industries and can be quite inspiring.


Based on your chosen Mission Card share an experience with the group."


Read the full article to obtain the complete exercise to help you tell stories about your experiences using a set of storytelling prompts. The exercise includes:

  • what you need
  • setup
  • timing
  • discussion
  • variations
  • mission cards

Via Ariana Amorim
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

Here's another storytelling prompt exercise by Skills Converged - tell a story about yourself.  These would be great team building exercises.

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Why We Should All Learn the Art of Storytelling Through Family Photos | Save Family Photos

Why We Should All Learn the Art of Storytelling Through Family Photos | Save Family Photos | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"There was once a time that I didn’t think much about my family stories. It’s not that I didn’t care, but I just didn’t make time for it. I think what changed my course was having children. They start asking me questions like, “did you do that when you were a kid?” Or maybe it went more like, “back in the olden days did you…?”


Once I had children, I realized that it was important to share my stories of childhood and family with them. One of the best story prompts is a picture, and it only takes one to start the journey."


Read the full article to find out more about using pictures as story prompts as well as an example of telling a story with a photo.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

I love the idea of adding items to a photograph as they did in this article.  It can really enhance the story or fill in gaps.

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Tips From the Field: What You Need to Know to Get a Great Story | The Storytelling Non-Profit

Tips From the Field: What You Need to Know to Get a Great Story | The Storytelling Non-Profit | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"You’re sitting on the runway, squashed between two strangers. “Folks, we’re number 32 in queue for takeoff.” Collective groan. May as well get cozy with your neighbors. And that’s okay, because your neighbors probably have a story to share. In fact, everyone has a story. You, as the Story Sleuth, have a job to find out what that is.


If you’re reading this blog, you already know how important fundraising stories are. But here’s what many people don’t know: Good nonprofit stories can be incredibly difficult to get. Great nonprofit stories often require fieldwork — going out into shelters, soup kitchens, hospitals, or wherever a nonprofit does good work."


Read the full article to find out more about these practical tips to keep in mind when you get there:

  1. Look for people who actually want to share their story
  2. Ask open-ended questions
  3. Conduct a conversation more than an interview
  4. Keep blank paper and crayons or markers on hand
  5. Ask the unexpected
  6. Remember the donor
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Story Starters | Literacy Shed

Story Starters | Literacy Shed | How to find and tell your story | 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, Petra Pollum
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

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?!?

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asli telli's curator insight, February 4, 2015 1:06 AM

Fit for any critical content in class, inspirational:)

Judith Morais's curator insight, February 4, 2015 5:31 AM

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

Marc Quentel's curator insight, February 5, 2015 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 ?

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What Objects Tell the Story of Your Life? | New York Times

What Objects Tell the Story of Your Life? | New York Times | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Carefully curating a limited set of objects has lately become a popular way for museums and historians to tell vast histories (e.g., the history of the world, or of New York City).


We can use the same approach to tell our personal histories as well. A sentimental T-shirt, a kindergarten drawing or a dog-eared book? What objects tell the story of your life?"


Read the related article Object Lessons in History then answer:

  • What objects tell the story of your life? Can you identify five or 10 objects that you would include in an exhibit or book about your life?

  • Why did you select each of those objects?

  • Do you think telling history through objects is a “a clever way to hook people on history”? Do objects tell a story that words or images aren’t able to convey quite as effectively?

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

This is an exercise for students 13+.  But I think it's great for any age. Use it as a storytelling prompt.  Or try it as a team exercise by replacing "your life" with "our organization"  in the above prompts. Did everyone pick the same list of objects or were they wildly diverse? You could tell stories about each of the objects or you tell the story about why each person picked the objects they did.  Use them internally or externally.

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Transmedia Card Deck | Transmedia Storyteller

Create a transmedia story experience using this card deck and story template.  Print out the provided cards, follow the instructions, to generate ideas for yourself or use this as a group exercise.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

I would also recommend the Transmedia Playbook (same author) to gain more understanding about transmedia. It’s a small catalogue of participatory transmedia storytelling experiences intended to remind, suggest, provide, and inspire creators.


One of the tools recommended in the instructions for a story idea is I Need a Prompt.  What a riot!  For 10 minutes I giggled as I flipped through suggestion after suggestion. It will certainly broaden your scope of potential story ideas.

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Story Jar

Story Jar | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"What is a Story Jar?


Hello, I’m Stef. In our home we have a jar. It’s filled with pieces of paper. On each piece of paper is written a title of a story. A story that is yet to be told. We call it the story jar. Every home should have one.


When my children go to bed at night, sometimes I pluck a story title from the jar and just make something up. It’s become one of my favourite things to do, and my children love the stories I make up for them. Recently I’ve been recording the stories and I’ve had friends tell me how much they enjoy listening to the things I make up."


Access the site to find out more about this project for Tate Modern, where you:

  • Pluck a random story title from the jar
  • Record yourself telling your story
  • Include the name of the provided character
  • Upload it
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

What a great project and a great story behind where she got the names of the characters.


The story jar concept is something you could do at home.  Take an ordinary jar, fill it with story prompts (look to this site for some ideas to get you started), and on a regular basis, pull a slip of paper out and practice your storytelling skills.

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Self-Esteem Exercise: Tell a Story about Yourself | Skills Converged

Self-Esteem Exercise: Tell a Story about Yourself | Skills Converged | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"This exercise is particularly useful for those quiet types who may need a push and a structured approach in practicing this skill. Learning this important skill will allow them to become better at talking about themselves and their ideas, values and achievements without appearing over bearing or self-centred.


You can run this exercise for an existing team or for a group of individuals from different backgrounds. Even those who are not naturally quiet would benefit from the structured approach used in this exercise to practice their story telling techniques."


Read the full article to obtain the complete exercise to help you tell stories about your skills and your accomplishments using a set of storytelling prompts.  The exercise includes:

  • what you need
  • setup
  • timing
  • discussion
  • variations
  • mission cards

Via Ariana Amorim
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

You could run this exercise as a team building event, to draw stories out about an organization, or for personal reasons.  Once people get into this exercise, it'll inspire them to create a new batch of mission cards so they can continue the exercise.  Get someone to record the stories.

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