How-To Story

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Here, you can find help guiding you through the STAGES of CREATING a STORY. Actually, you can use these steps for almost any type of writing.

Step One – Story Stir

DO NOT rush to writing your story. Take some time to develop an idea. Play. These are a few tools to help you:

Story Starter Template – Start with a CHARACTER, add a GOAL, make the him/her/it STRUGGLE towards it.

Interrogate Your Main Character – Really helps get at the WHY of the story

Borrow a story idea from a Newbery Award book – Ten stories mapped out for you to borrow and/or mimic

Name That Newbery – Notice the easy to follow model of CHARACTER + GOAL.

Virtual Portrait of a Story – This snap-shot of your story is your road map. Easy writing once this is complete.

VPS and Put Your Character Up a Tree – Every story needs a CHARACTER who needs to overcome something.

Step Two – Story Coaching

Get some feed-back on your story. A wiki or a blog is a great tool for a large group to view and respond to a set of story ideas. When giving feedback, focus on the STORY ELEMENTS. Also, have the author post or indicate what specific feedback he or she is looking for on their story. Try to use this idea developed by Tap Tale.

Step Three – Record Your Script

A script for a digital story should be around A4 length. Break your script into chunks of two to three sentences. These will correspond to an image or two.

There are MANY ways to record your voice over (story script). Use the tool that’s easiest for you. Keynote has a very easy way to record your voice once you’ve imported and sequenced your images. See Keynote Digital Story PDF Tutoriall for using Keynote and Garageband to create your digital story.

Step Four – Create/Collect Your Images and/or Video for Your Story

Finding images online can be a time-consuming process. Give yourself a time limit and stick to it. There’s no sense in spending 75 minutes looking for one image.

Places to find images online:

The Big Picture, Compfight, Flickr, ACMI Free Media Library


Step Five – Sync Your Images with Your Voice Over

iMovie, Keynote, GarageBand, MovieMaker, Premiere Elements. Take your pick.

Need step-by-step iMovie help. See my tutorial here for getting started.