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Looking for story ideas? Try the supermarket.

Looking for story ideas? Try the supermarket. Writers welcome story ideas. Often those ideas come from inspiration, from notes, from good old ass-in-chair work. But sometimes you’re just plain stuck. Try looking and listening while you’re shopping in the supermarket. The other day I spied a man in a kilt in Trader Joe’s market. It […]

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We believe in the power of story

“We believe in the power of story.” Berkeley, California-based StoryCenter works with local organizations to create digital stories. Their mission: “When we listen deeply, and tell stories, we build a just and healthy world.” “We believe in the transformative power of story and understand its critical role in building a more just and healthy world. Every aspect […]

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Every character should want something

In one of her Brain Pickings online posts, Maria Popova spotlights storyteller Kurt Vonnegut’s eight tips for writing a great story. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. Every character […]

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Finding the way to greatness

I find the tweets of playwright John Patrick Shanley to be inspiring. Today’s tweet: “Martin Luther King found his mission and became a giant. Kids want to find their way not simply to prosperity, but to greatness. Help them.” Worthy words for teachers and for storytellers. In story our kids will find their voices, and […]

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Tell your story

“Tell your story. No one else can.” A tweet from playwright John Patrick Shanley. Many talk about finding your voice. Maybe the point is using your voice, more than finding it. Lin-Manuel Miranda says, “If I don’t write this, no one’s going to write it. If I die, this idea dies with me.” Only you […]

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