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Teller's Dilemma: Hating Practice, Loving Showtime

Practicing—whether stories, piano, sports or anything else—usually prompts someone to say, “It is for your good”. Perhaps this is because they are grateful they are not the one practicing. The word is often associated with torture and boredom, yet it is through this act that a stellar performance comes about.

Practicing can be a moment to anticipate with these five ideas:
1. Set some goals
2. Dream the final performance
3. Add fun and spontaneity
4. Share with friends and groups
5. Reward yourself

For more details, go to my regular storytelling blog.

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman

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Comment by Rachel Hedman on April 21, 2008 at 1:47pm
Dear Marni:

On my regular blog I included more details and recently added today the brainstorm list of what some Lemoore High School storytelling students discovered as ways to share stories so you are not alone.

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman
Comment by Marni Gillard on April 21, 2008 at 1:40pm
Rachel, I liked your 5 points about practicing - Dreaming the final performance and Sharing with friends are two that strike me as helpful and ones that don't have that "oh I have to practice" feeling to them. I've developed a string of story buddies, some by phone and some nearby, that are happy to simply listen. Mostly what I need is not to feel ALONE with the story. Most of the tales we pick connect to something in us that we need to work on, to face. It's that gold buried deep in the unconscious mind. So naturally I don't want to "practice" going into that scary dark place (and this is just as true for silly fun tales as for fairy/folk/personal tales). So if I really dream/ask myself "What is I really love about the tale or what PULLS me to the story - even if it's something like "kissed the maiden all forlorn" - my favorite part of The House that Jack Built - it can be my doorway in. Doug LIpman taught me about the M I T - most important thing. I find it by asking those questions or something that will lead me into the stories essence. And I can ask my buddy simply to ask me that question after I storytell it casually or even when I'm just talking ABOUT the tale to get inside it and it inside me. "So what DO you love about this story, Marni?" always makes me laugh but always brings me a little deeper into why I want to tell it and how to tell it well.

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