Monday, April 18, 2016

O is for opposites

I’m participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge throughout April.
Monday - something light to start the week. A bit of self-care, creativity challenge or the like.
Tuesday - telling notes for a specific story or kind of story. Tips and tricks to help you think about what you're telling and how.
Wednesday - my usual #tellinglife post, looking at some of the more personal aspects of storytelling and its role in my life.
Thursday - a dip into some of the issues facing contemporary storytelling or a dive into some of the more unusual applications of storytelling.
Friday - my usual personal post about life following the death of my husband
Saturday - the storytelling coach offers a tip you can use right now. An example of the kinds of tools I encourage my students to use.

It's Monday so it's time to play a little.

It can be fun to tell stories from completely different points of view. These tellings don't need to be a part of your performing repertoire, but it might help you think of a story in a new way or may give you more information that you could weave into a known telling.

Today let's think about opposites.

I'm sure you've experimented with telling stories from different points of view - Cinderella's stepsisters, for example, might have something to say - but what if you flip one element to its opposite and see how it influences the telling?

For example:

  • Red Riding Hood has a grandfather instead of grandmother
  • Sleeping Beauty has insomnia
  • Clark Kent has the superpowers and Superman is kind of every day
  • Captain Kirk is cautious instead of impulsive
  • Goldilocks fixes things and leaves
You get the idea. Take one element of a familiar story and flip it. You might learn something about the characters or yourself that you never knew before.

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  1. I LOVED that last one, Laura! Goldilocks always frustrated me. I mean, who did she think she was? What was her background story anyways? I wondered if she was an orphan...but she always was described as being dressed beautifully. More like a mischief little bugger...

    For fun:
    What if the Giant climbed down the beanstalk?
    What if Persephone hadn't eaten some of those tasty-looking pomegranate seeds?
    What it the Stork didn't eat the frogs who made them their king - and was in fact a benevolent ruler.

    1. I LOVE your ideas! And I'm so glad this idea was a good one for you.


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