Month: June 2014

“Sevens” and Ways to Use the Magic of Numbers for Storytelling

“Sevens” and Ways to Use the Magic of Numbers for Storytelling

Previously, I wrote about the prevalence of the number “three” in stories and story structure. Because this article received a great deal of attention, I decided it was time to investigate another number that crops up in titles, how-tos and stories – the number seven. After several hours of research about the number seven, I not only learned more than you and I would ever need or want to know about the number seven, but also found that this investigation sparked many other ideas about using numbers to enhance our storytelling and our story choosing. In this article, I will share some interesting facts and superstitions about the number seven, refer to stories with seven characters, and also some other thoughts about numbers in general.

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Writing

Writing

A passion for some; a chore for others, the basics of writing are relatively straightforward, involving simply throwing words together and making sentences, using pen and paper or more typically, today, a computer. Let’s face it, writing is something we do without a great deal of thought. For some, writing is easy and often a pleasurable solitary pursuit; for others writing presents a daunting task.
For others, writing is a creative outlet, and something that is thoroughly enjoyed. Writing gives people a chance to get their feelings down on paper. It can be cathartic.

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Making Linear Storytelling Interactive

Making Linear Storytelling Interactive

Movies and video games coexisted symbiotically for years. A video game would come out well after the film it was based on. The game was often an afterthought, sometimes developed using a movie character, but little else. Now, games are released simultaneously with or even in advance of major motion pictures. George Lucas took this approach with the final “Star Wars” film. The video game was released weeks ahead of the movie.

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Magazines for Women

Magazines for Women

Every year we are seeing new women’s magazines appear on the market, to join the masses already published. How can we determine which are the best value? It’s easy to spend at least $20 per month, which totals upwards of $240 each year.

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The Story of Becoming a Storyteller

The Story of Becoming a Storyteller

When I first discovered that there was such a job as storyteller, I was 30-something and enrolled in teacher school in St. Louis (home to a warm and wonderful group of tellers). As I finished my teaching degree, I focused more and more on classroom applications of storytelling and saw first-hand the results on student motivation and achievement. Before I even graduated I knew that storytelling was my calling.

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How to select the printer

How to select the printer

Before you decide what kind of digital printing you want to buy you should be very clear about your needs. You have to take this decision on various levels depending on what your requirements are. For example you have to decide whether you want an inkjet printer or a laser printer, and what size of the printer would suffice your requirements. As a matter of fact, selecting the right kind of printer can be quite a challenging job.

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The Beauty of Africa

The Beauty of Africa

Whenever Africa is mentioned, most people think of roaming animals and jeep safaris. Whilst Africa has much more to offer than animals, the beauty that nature has bestowed on this continent cannot be overlooked. The animal inhabitants of Africa are amongst the most varied and beautiful in the world. Most of us know that Africa is home to the magnificent giraffe and the impressive cheetah. However, there is also a wider range of animals that live in Africa.

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The FIRST Essential Ingredient for Business Success

The FIRST Essential Ingredient for Business Success

You had 24 hours yesterday. So what did you do with them?

Did you fritter them away in mindless and pointless activities? Did you vegetate in front of the TV? Did you go out for dinner with your lover? Did you work for 8 hours making someone else rich? Did you work on your business so that it grows and achieves for you the dreams you dream of?

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Anxiety Disorders – Distinguishing the Types of disorders

Anxiety Disorders – Distinguishing the Types of disorders

People suffer from a variety of anxiety disorders, each with their own set of symptoms and recommended treatments. These disorders are clustered on a spectrum of overall anxiety, with some that affect the overall quality of life and others that are very specific. At one end of the spectrum is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Individuals who suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder will experience a overall tensions or anxiety that with their ability to lead a normal life. Even the smallest things incite low levels of anxiety, even when there is no apparent reason or this worry or stress. People with this disorder worry about all aspects of their life – money, family, work, their health and the health of family and friends.

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