The marquee of a local community theater reads, “Great Stories Told Here.” I just love that.
We are all storytellers, really. We tell stories through conversation, writing, acting, poetry, music, art, dance, photography, scrapbooking and so much more.
We tell stories to our family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and sometimes even strangers.
We tell stories about the time Dad burned the bacon, about how Grandma gave everyone musical flyswatters for Christmas one year, or about what happened at work that day.
We tell stories on blogs, Facebook and email. We tweet and text.
We tell stories to our children at bedtime.
So what makes a story great? It depends on who you ask. My 11-year old says a mystery makes a story great, and my 9-year old says there needs to be a bad guy.
I like Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling, made into a poster by PBJpublishing (here is the image on Pinterest if you want to re-pin). One of my favorites is #4: “Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.” That pretty much sums up a lot of stories.
In scrapbooking, we already have the stories – it’s just a matter of figuring out how to tell them.
I try compose mine like a children’s short story. In this layout, I’ve written a fun little story about how my children like to go swimming. I used WordArt in Microsoft Word to give the appearance of waves, and added some sparkly stickers for fun:
I can tell if my storytelling is “great” by my children’s reactions. Laughter is like a major literary award.