Your Story : The Beginning

First words matter. First words grab the audience’s attention and invite them into your world to hear the rest of your story. Or they don’t. It’s an either-or proposition most of the time. You need a strong beginning for your story. Strong story openings convey the storyteller’s urgency and include just enough information to keep […]

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Accessorize your stories

Telling a story can be intimidating, even if the audience is friends or family. Luckily, all of us, myself included, have stories we’ve told many times. These are the stories we tell over and over again over time. They are the reliable stories that we love to share or answers to questions we answer every […]

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The Heroic Journey : an introduction

So, I just finished the second section of Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey. It’s a thorough break down of the different characters and stages that make up the Heroic Journey and uses film for examples. I thoroughly enjoyed the read in part because it was packed full of insights and ideas. It doesn’t read much […]

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And so it begins…

There are three key elements to every good story. Remember these: beginning, middle, and end. Sounds almost silly, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. Although these three elements are the basics, they are also easy to overlook or neglect. How often have you found yourself telling a story and not known how to end it? How […]

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