"I am trying to check my habits of seeing, to counter them for the sake of greater freshness. I am trying to be unfamiliar with what I'm doing." - John Cage

Monday, November 12, 2012

30 Poems in 30 Days: Day Twelve Prompt

The Power of Story
“It is safe to assume that any individual or group you wish to influence has access to more wisdom than they currently use. It is also safe to assume that they also have considerably more facts than they can process effectively. Giving them even more facts adds to the wrong pile. They don't need more facts. They need help finding their wisdom. Contrary to popular belief, bad decisions are rarely made because people don't have all the facts.” Annette Simmons, The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion through the Art of Storytelling 

What is the story in this photo titled "Storybook Wolf"?  You see one story - the hidden story is that allegedly  the photographer staged the shot and hence was disqualified from the photo contest he originally won. Think back in your life to the stories you have told, either to others or yourself, about what or why or how something happened.  In a paragraph, write down the bare facts.  Now, go back and write that story focusing on how the story is told, how those facts are fit together.  In fact, can you tell the story without including the facts or at least so that the facts are not the point of the story?

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