Storytelling Tips


 

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Storytelling Tips

Here are some tips for getting started with your story.

We believe stories foster connection with others and contribute to your sense of yourself. Stories build relationships and encourage self-awareness and identity. Help us build a thriving, resilient community by sharing your story with us. We are excited to hear your contribution!

  1. Think about the images and details surrounding your memories and story. What do you see? What do you feel and hear? What tactile sensations can you evoke for your listeners? Beginning with a list of concrete details and memories may help you get started.
     
  2. Talk about your experience with another person just to “hear” what comes up. Talking may help you see elements of the story you hadn’t realized before. What gaps does your listener hear, and what new questions do they have?
     
  3. Think about your story’s characters/people. What are they wearing? What do they look like? How are they distinctive in their appearance? What do they say? Close your eyes and let yourself fully visualize each of the characters in your story, then write down the specifics you remember. Perhaps each character has one key physical aspect—large hands, for example, or beautiful long hair. What key details exist for each of your characters?
     
  4. What tensions exist in your story? You may want to think about crafting a narrative arc—beginning from a place of relative ease, letting the tension build, creating a climax, and then sharing the resolution. Sometimes stories are a kind of hero’s journey, where a person experiences a change and then understands life newly as the result. How can you build tensions/obstacles in the story to create drama?
     
  5. Imagine you’re telling the story to someone in a casual setting like a restaurant. Sometimes people feel nervous about writing—remember you’re just talking and sharing with an audience who supports you. We are here for the story, not a practiced or polished video.
     
  6. Relax, have fun, and remember we want to hear your story.

 

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