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Mastering the Art of Storytelling – 3 Day Story Challenge

Here’s 3 different exercises you can do to really get down to mastering story telling.

Day 1:  Write 8-10 line stories for each of the 3 plots listed below. Write fictional stories.  Just make them up just so you can get the idea of the flow, how the dots connect.  So use this as an outline and limit yourself to only 8 or 10 lines to go through each of these parts.  Same thing with here and same thing with here.  Just like I did right off the top of my head with you on this video.  Just sit down and write them down.  You can type them out; write them down.  It doesn’t matter.  Write 8-10 line stories for each of the 3 plots above.  That’s Day 1.

Plots:

  1. The journey plot:

Here’s where I started; here’s where I hit rock bottom; here’s where I rebounded and found the solution; here’s why I’m sharing it with you.  That’s it.  That’s that story in four sentences.

  1. Us vs. them

Someone or some ones, a group of people, have been keeping something from you that could enhance your life.  For some reason they’ve been hoarding information from you, whatever that reason may be.  Maybe there’s a conspiracy; maybe they just don’t want you to know about it because then it would affect them in some way; or maybe they just plain like to control other people.  Who knows?  But for some reason, someone or some ones have been keeping something from you that could enhance your life.  Here’s how I discovered this.  Because here’s how I got inside the insider’s circle.  Here’s what it actually is, or at least hint at it.  Here’s why they don’t want you to know about it, and here’s why I’m sharing it with you.  Simple, simple stuff.

  1. The Happy Accident

The final story here is the happy accident.  This is great because it’s great for selling purposes because people think the gurus are something special that they’re not.  But if an average, everyday Joe discovers by a fluke that it can work, then you think, “Well, if he can do it by accident – he’s just an everyday Joe – then I’m sure I can do it.”  So that’s the great power of this story.  “By accident I stumbled across the magic solution.  I thought it was a fluke, so here’s how I tested it.”  That handles our objection, by the way.  “Turns out it wasn’t a fluke.  Once I discovered it by accident, it was easy to improve upon it.  Here’s why I’m sharing it with you.”

Day 2 is take your favorite movie and reverse storyboard it.  This is very simply where you start at your end and work your way to the beginning.  So pick your favorite movie and then write the last scene.  This is where the characters ended up; this is what happened in the end; and then this is where they’re at now.  And then take the scene before that that led up to that final scene and then write that out.  And then take the scene before that and write that out.

It’s really amazing when you do this backwards.  Then you’re going to see, “Oh, this is how this set up this next movement.  This is how this set up this next movement.  Oh, this is how this set up…”  So you’re seeing the end before you see the beginning, which really helps you see the structure.  And so you’re being able to see these techniques firsthand.  So this is very powerful to take a plot and break it down and go through it in reverse.  So this is where they ended up; this is how they got to there; this is what led them to get from there to there; and this is where they started.

“Ohhhh, by looking at it from a whole new light by backwards, now I’m starting to see the dots.”  I kind of got this idea because I think it’s Leonardo da Vinci, in order for him to get an objective view of his paintings, what he would do is flip them upside down and put them up into a mirror.  So that way he looked at them from a completely new angle, and he was able to see things in a different way.  That’s what this is.  You’re running it backwards; so then all of a sudden you’re seeing all these connections in the story and these underlying techniques that you never saw before.

Finally, the last technique you want to learn to use to plot effectively is that take your favorite novel and attribute one phrase or even one word to each page.  So what you want to do is quickly scan through that page and see what’s the main action that’s going on on this page.  Then write that down in a 3-word phrase or even a 1-word phrase if you can get away with that.  And do that for each page.  And then you’ll say, “OK, this is the main action on this page.  This is the main action on this page.  This is the main action on this page,” and so on and so forth.  And you’ll see action in motion, and that’s a big part of the story is that action.  You’re keeping the action going; keeping the plot moving along.  And so these are the 3 techniques you’re going to want to use.  Use these for your marketing purposes. Tell a story for stories show instead of tell. Just do these 3 and then start writing stories in your copy, and before you know it you’ll be as good as anybody needs to be for telling stories to sell stuff.

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Use Stories..They Show Instead of Tell. Read On…

Some like to do the tell, then show.  That’s a way you tell them what they’re going to get from it, but then you show it in action.  So you can tell somebody simply, “This is going to improve your life if you get this today.  It’s going to really make you a happier person.”  Well, you just told them.  You kind of forced it down their throat, and that creates an adversarial relationship because you’re telling them and trying to convince them, and they’re trying not to be taken.

Instead, you could give a story of somebody who used your product.  “John was exactly where you are at.  And he was pretty much at the end of his rope.  He didn’t even believe this stuff was going to work, but on just a whim he tried it anyway.  And then within 7 days John started noticing an improvement in his demeanor.  He was happier; he was more jolly to be around.  And, in fact, he started getting invited to places he normally wasn’t getting invited to simply because he had more of a magnetic personality.”

See, then you can fill in the details.  So you’re selling all the benefits there, but you’re not telling them.  You’re not coming out and saying, “You’ve got to get this.  It’s going to improve your life.  I’m hard-selling you and beating you over the head,” but you’re just showing them.  “Look at John.  John did all this great stuff.”  So stories show instead of tell, and that’s very, very important.  Think about it if you’re watching a movie.  Do they say, “There’s John.  He’s this big, mean biker dude.  Watch out for John.  He’s a tough dude.”  They don’t even say anything.  They don’t even have a narrative usually.  Usually John pulls up in his big old hog.  Vroom, vroom.  He’s got the bandanas, the tattoos on, and just a mean snarl on his face.  So they’re showing you through actions that John’s a bad dude instead of just coming out and telling you.

And that’s how you use stories to show people and demonstrate things through action instead of just telling them.  And that’s why it’s such a great tool for persuasion.  And I think without fail with maybe a couple exceptions, all my sales letter have stories.  And that’s the default setting that I try to give everything in a story format.  And stories are just really great for selling people simply for the fact is that it engages them; you can show instead of tell them; and then you can give them all sorts of information that will heighten their ability to say yes.

Mastering the Art of Storytelling in Just 7 Days

So many may say, “I can’t tell a story,” or if they do try to tell a story; they get all fancy and technical and weird with it, and so the story doesn’t really end up fulfilling its purpose.  The purpose of telling a story in this first article is to sell something.

Actually it’s super easy to sell with stories because if you study all these sales letters, you’ll find that 80 percent of them use three different types of story.  And so you really only have to learn three kinds to be good enough to sell with stories.  And a lot of people make it hard and weird, and you can just be down-to-earth like you’re talking to somebody over the table and just follow the simple plot lines that I’m going to show you, and you should be able to master the art of story telling in 7 days or less, especially with the three exercises I’m going to show you in future articles.

Really quickly…why?  Why should you learn how to master the art of story telling in 7 days or less?  Well, simply put, stories are what engage people.  What do people prefer?  Do they prefer to read a non-fiction book, or do they prefer to watch prime-time television?  And I think the answer is quite obvious.  Most people, 10 to 1 easily, probably 100 to 1, would prefer to watch a good show on television than to read a non-fiction book.  In fact, I think the average person reads three books or less a year, which is kind of sad since we’re in the information age.  It’s just a huge explosion of it.

So 10 million people tune in to watch the new episode of Lost, so people are conditioned to get information through stories.  So that makes it a perfect medium to disseminate information to them.  Because see, stories you can use to demonstrate things.  So you can tell a story to demonstrate the power of your product, and you can use it to heighten the believability of your claims through proof.  You can use that to really get their emotions pumping, so they feel they absolutely need this now or some part of their life is never going to be complete.  So you can use stories as a medium of information, and we all know that you need to give people information before they can purchase your stuff.  So this is a great way to do that.  You show them instead of tell them, which will be the next article found at: http://writerssecrets.com/use-stories-they-show-instead-of-tell-read-on/

3 Fun Ways To Build Your Vocabulary and Get the Storytelling Flowing

What better way to build your vocabulary and get some story telling flowing than with FUN Games!

Here’s 3 Games for you

1) Blind Word Find

This can be done alone or with friends.

Randomly open the dictionary and place your finger on a word.

Check out it’s pronunciation and definition and use it in a sentence.

Now start to build a story around that.

story_cards2)  Story Cards

This is a deck of cards with interesting pictures on them. You can purchase them or make your own (see below).

Each player is given  6 cards to begin with. The rest of the cards are placed in the middle of the players.

One person starts the game by placing a card down, picture up and uses it to create the opening lines for the story. He picks up a new card to add to his hand.

The next person uses one of the cards he is holding to continue the story and so on with each person adding to the story and always picking up new cars to add to their hand.

Make your cars with cut outs from magazines, old calendars or cards or print outs from online.

There is some great pictures for writing prompts on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/writingprompts?source=feed_text&story_id=1113921271965217

3) Scrabble  is another great word building game. Play it online at places like Pogo

or http://www.memory-improvement-tips.com/scrabble-online-free.html

One more place to get that writing flow happening is with the inspiring Writers Secrets Online Classes.

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Now let’s Get Your Stories Out to the World!

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