Several days ago I shared a little lesson about storytelling...
The tip was about noticing when, where, and how a movie or tv show opens...
How do they set it up?
When, where, and how do they fade out? ESPECIALLY the season finales.
Today's post will extend the storytelling lesson a bit further...
When you're studying popular media, play this game, and try to note a few critical specifics...
Either descriptors or actions...
Adjectives, nouns, or verbs.
Once you notice a specific, stick with it for a second... and try to improve it...
Ask, "Is there a better way to say it"?
If the verb was "ran"... how can you better describe the way they ran?
Bolted? Stampeded? Loped? Jogged?
How did they run?
Can you come up with a word that gives a better visual?
Compel or repel?
The caliber and quality of the words you choose will either better compel or repel a reader, prospect, or customer.
The way you tell your story can... invite them further into your world. Can stay with them long after they've closed the message, email, or book. Can keep you top of mind as a resource... an entertaining and educational one.
One other important consideration... because once you're on the path of storytelling...
like a few of you have asked, it'll be very difficult to step back off of it...
This storytelling business, my friend, is a lifelong game.
And it can enrich and improve your business, yes, but also your own personal life, your own story too. You'll grow to tell it better... and then you'll improve on it even more.
Clarity will come, patterns will rise to be identified, truths will reveal themselves, and you'll grow to love it more as you grow to know it more.
Sound like "work"?
Some days, yes... it's work... and it feels like work...
Some days it feels like play... a game...
Still other days it can feel like an organic, natural gift of sharing...
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