What Can Jeff Foxworthy Teach Authors about Storytelling Techniques and Ideas?

Thanks to and his redneck humor, you can get both a laugh and a little inspriration to find the humor in your everyday life. Find storytelling ideas everywhere, from a trip to the store to a wedding rehearsal dinner. Get storytelling techniques/b> and tips in this article.

SHARE!
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr

What  Can Jeff Foxworthy Teach Authors about Storytelling Techniques and Ideas?

by Ronda Del Boccio

It seems people don't truly believe me when I say there are storytelling ideas everywhere. Comedians and country singers know this well.

storytelling techniques

Entrepreneurs come to me for help with how to write a book; One of the key elements that belongs in every chapter of a nonfiction book is a story.

The story may come from:

  • a customer success story
  • a restaurant visit
  • a conversation
  • a news story
  • something overheard
  • any life experience

Storytelling ideas are everywhere,

Recently, Kara asked, “How can I find a story for every chapter? I'm not a good storyteller.”

Before addressing the storytelling issue, pause and look at the mindset. as Kara repeats she's not good at something, she demonstrates storytelling techniques used to hold her back.

She probably has a whole narrative around not being a good storyteller and not being able to find good ideas. It becomes a well-worn pathway of the mind.

Looking for inspiration

Kara can find storytelling ideas anywhere in her life. Fiction authors know this well, because any event or person can inspire a story element.

as a fantasy author, I personally have used bits of conversation, people, and real life experiences as fodder for stories.

Why is nonfiction any different? It isn't!

Jeff Foxworthy finds his inspiration in everyday life. He is a master storyteller.

Watch this Jeff Foxworthy video.and see if you can find some inspiration for yourself.

Here are a few of the situations that inspired him for this comedy routine:

  • a wedding rehearsal dinner
  • lawn ornaments
  • hunting
  • visiting relatives
  • rednecks (of course!)

3 elements of storytelling

  1. Content – the “what happened”: Most people stop here and merely repeat “this happened, then that, then the next thing.” This makes for a boring story.
  2.  Context – the “fit” or relevance to the reader/listener: This is why the story matters to your audience.
  3. Connection – the “why this matters” emotion. The story needs to matter to your audience on an emotional level, whether the story is humorous or serious.

What can Jeff Foxworthy teach about good storytelling techniques?

Continue reading "What Can Jeff Foxworthy Teach Authors about Storytelling Techniques and Ideas?"

SHARE!
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr

Can Storytelling Techniques Help Develop a Powerful Mindset?

I love the orange juice commercials that show someone getting “bad news” about things typically viewed as unpleasant that will happen today. I love them because they are such a great example of how storytelling techniques can help or hinder you. It all depends upon the story you choose to tell. Click to find out more.

SHARE!
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr

Can Storytelling Techniques Help Develop a Powerful Mindset?

Check out storytelling techniques in action by remembering the thoughts that run around inside your head. These might be thoughts about:

  • The economy
  • Business
  • Your love life
  • Your kids
  • Your partner
  • The job market
  • Losing weight
  • Breaking a bad habit

Whatever thoughts run around inside your head are your own storytelling techniques in action!

People are constantly telling themselves stories about the day. A musician just complained to me that he is having a hard times getting gigs (jobs) because of the current leader of his country. What the  WHAT???

Catch yourself telling stories about your life.

What story do you tell yourself about things that happen?

Imagine you have a day in which these things happen:

  • the delivery boy throws your newspaper into the bushes; plus the sprinkler is on. Your paper is drenched and unreadable.
  • A computer virus wipes out your entire hard drive.
  • Your tire blows out on the way to a big meeting and you have to walk miles. And it's raining hard.
  • Your child continues to give you the silent treatment for no apparent reason.

The typical response one might imagine for each of these is some version of “oh NO!” (with or without cuss words).

Eeyore (from the Winnie the Pooh series) comes to mind. He complains that things like that always happen to him. Here's one of the great Eeyore quotes:

Nobody tells me. Nobody keeps me informed. I make it 17 days come Friday since anyone spoke to me.

A series of orange juice commercials catches my ear, because they are a fantastic mindset lesson.

When the person who is going to have a series of “bad” things happen in a day, his or her response is “perfect!” (said with enthusiasm, not sarcasm)  rather than dread.

Here is one of those orange juice commercials:

Watch the video now.

Perception Shapes Reality

There is no “set response” to a thing happening.

Here is my version of responding to a “bad day” with positive expectancy and a great mindset:

Imagine I'm looking into a crystal ball that predicts my day…

Crystal Ball: “Your website will be down for six hours.

Me: “Excellent! Right after I send my customers a special coupon?”

Crystal Ball: “Yep.”

Me: “Perfect! Anything else?”

Crystal Ball: “The order button link will not work for no apparent reason.”

Me: “Great! And I'll spend several hours trying to track down the problem, right?”

Crystal Ball: “Sure will.”

Me “Good thing I had my mindshift!”

Use storytelling techniques to aft a powerful story

1. Catch your typical story running in your mind.

2. Decide the more positive, profitable story you wish to tell yourself.

3. Write down that new beneficial story

4. Rehearse saying it often.

5. Join the Miracle Mindshift Month and transform your mindset in just 31 days.

“Good Thing I Had My Mindshift!”!

your mindset is 100% under your control. It is not dependent upon your nation's leader, the economy, the weather, the day of the week, or anything else.

The Miracle Mindshift Month provides simple yet potent tools that can help you change your mind for the better.

Click the banner to join the Miracle Mindshift Month now.

Get Started Today and SAVE with this Miracle Mindshift Special Offer!

Will you practice storytelling techniques that move you toward your goals? I sure hope so!

Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story lady

#1 bestselling nonfiction and fantasy author * Celebrity Author Mentor

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the Awakened Author Challenge

(See the original article source here)

SHARE!
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr

Entrepreneur Mindset for Authors: Ready for Adventure?

Do you have an entrepreneur mindset? This fun photo of some guinea hens ready to go in the car if we’d just open the door for them is a wonderful representation of the openness and courage required for any author to enjoy success.

SHARE!
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr

Entrepreneur Mindset for Authors: Ready for Adventure?

by Ronda Del Boccio

Once I had a dream that a company in Minneapolis offered me a job paying $150 thousand per year with excellent benefits. Although this is much more than many people make, I turned down the offer.

I told my mother and her husband about this dream. He said, “You should have taken it. Why would you turn that down? You're crazy!”

Funny how he got so emotionally invested in my decision in a dream.

When is a dream a nightmare?

A cushy salary and benefits sounds like a good thing, right? But there are trade-offs with any decision.

I would have to work 60+ hours and would have nothing like what I would consider quality of life.

  • Why have money and no time to spend it?
  • Why have to ask “how high?” when someone else says “JUMP”?
  • Why give up freedom just for supposed comfort?

For me, a cushy salary and benefits would not be comfortable if I had to work for someone else. I truly have an entrepreneur mindset!

Like my guinea hens in this picture, I am ready for adventure. Are you?

Entrepreneur Mindset: Ready for Adventure?

Why develop an entrepreneur mindset?

Here are some reasons why you as an author of any format may find it beneficial to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

  • Just writing does not get your work out into the world.
  • Just publishing a book is not a success guarantee.
  • There is more to being a successful author than posting about your book in social networks.
  • You are not likely to find a salaried position with benefits as an author.
  • You're probably a free spirit anyway!

How to Develop an Entrepreneur Mindset

Here are some actions you can take to become more business minded without selling your writer's soul.

  1. Set lifelines (most people call them deadlines) for yourself even though nobody is looking over your shoulder.
  2. Reward yourself for reaching your lifelines and for making great progress.
  3. Celebrate every success –  whether that is the sale of an article, surpassing a goal, winning an award, the completion of a chapter, or your first book sale.
  4. Expect a miracle! Things don't have to happen slowly or in stepwise progression.  Open yourself to be AMAZED on a daily basis, and you will discover your mind, heart and spirit opening to bigger ideas and greater BLISS!

Jumpstart Your Entrepreneur Mindset in 30 days!

I've been sharing my own experiences in a transformational program called the Miracle Mindshift Month. Though I am already a creative person, I have found myself taking more productive actions with my writing and with my business –  and getting better results –  as a consequence of participating in the mindshift.

My dear friend and #1 bestselling author Chris Downs also participated in the Miracle Mindshift Month. In his video , he talks about how the mindshift helped him gain clarity and focus for h is business.

Chris has been making huge miraculous leaps in his business, including being an expert on a prodigious site in his niche. And he has continued go, as he says, “grow a new heart.”

As someone who was supposed to need a heart transplant, in the past 12 months, he has no need of a new heart.

Will you be the next person to declare: “SHIFT Happens”?

Miracle Mindshift Month

Because I am an Ambassador (contributing expert) on the mindshift creators' site, I am empowered to bring this program to you at a special tuition.

Please give yourself this gift that will give you simple tools to help you transform your mindset, improve your health, become a more successful entrepreneur, boost your creativity, or bring about whatever results you desire for your life for less than you would give for a latte.

Invest in yourself once and you can continue following the program for months or years to come, as many of us are doing.

go to WriteOnPurpose.com/mmm and I'll see you inside!

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

#1 bestselling author –  Celebrity Author Mentor -.transformational speaker

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly SYstem

Original article source on WriteOnPurpose.com

SHARE!
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr

How Can the BLISS Butterfly Help You Write a Book?

SHARE!
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr

Are you focusing your attention on everything that will make you and your book a success?

So often, a budding or published author will come to me with concerns ONLY about how to write a book or ONLY about how to publish a book on Kindle.

It's a little bit like only caring what your kitchen sink looks like without hooking up the plumbing! I bet you never thought of it that way!

Have a peek at the BLISS Butterfly below and you'll get a good feel both for the 5 key areas of focus for you as an author AND the way we'll work together when you come for author mentoring.Awakened Author Challenge BLISS Butterfly

Follow Your BLISS - The 5 Keys to Author Success.

Imagine a butterfly with a body and 4 wings

The body of the butterfly is the core without which no flight would be possible.

The core is the B of Bliss and stands for BEING on purpose! This means being true to you and knowing your story.

The wings on one side of the butterfly are your LEGACY and IMPRINTING your book upon the world. This is where you give your core message wings.

Yet if you have "just a book" and nothing more, your butterfly cannot fly - cannot even take off! So that means you need the other wing...

SHARING your message means telling those who need what you offer about the benefit of working with you. At this point you have crafted your story and you have a book written, published and launched, but you're still missing a wing...

SERVING your audience means besides your book, you need other products, programs and services to offer your audience. This is not simply because you need to make money...it's because in order to truly SERVE them and meet their deepest needs and desires, they need more of you than your book!

Ready to stop crawling and start flying?

The best way to get started is to join the FREE 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge, w hich helps you create and launch your fully formed BLISS butterfly.

Following the lessons in the Challenge, you will determine your WHY for your book and beyond, discover how to write a book, get it published, launch it and make at least one other information product to get you started.

Be sure to watch for an amazing deal on the Gold Upgrade, which will get you into a live weekly call and a private Q&A group.

Become AWAKENED now at www.WriteOnPurpose.com/challenge.

Will you be the next awakened author I help?

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

Creator of the free Awakened Author Challenge

SHARE!
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr

Writing Skills Help: How Can You Improve Your Writing WITHOUT Writing?

SHARE!
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr

Writing a good book worth reading is more than how you write the book. Other skills come into play, including copywriting and persuasion.

If this seems confusing or irrelevant, consider the power of these aspects of a book:

  • Title
  • Subtitle
  • Back cover content
  • Book description on Amazon or other bookseller sites
  • Content on author's site/blog about the book

Every author needs to either develop copywriting skills or hire it done, and hiring a good copywriter can be an expensive venture for someone just starting out with your book and platform.

This article by David Deutsch teaches how to become a better copywriter before you begin writing:

Improve Your Copywriting—without Writing a Word by David Deutsch Copywriting is about being persuasive

 

So if you want to get better at copywriting, practice being persuasive. In person as well as in print.

 

Practice convincing your friends, family and business associates to try a particular food, accompany you somewhere, watch a certain show, or just to do “A” rather than “B”.

 

Notice what works.  Notice what doesn’t.  How do you deal with objections? How do you lay the groundwork for persuasion (bonding, getting them into an agreeable mood)? How do you “close the sale”?

 

Not doing too well? Read up on salesmanship and persuasion.

 

If you’re really serious about copywriting and you’ve never done it before, get a second job for a week or two in a telemarketing center, selling door-to-door, helping out in a retail store, or selling anything face-to-face.

 

When have a copywriting assignment, practice “selling” people on the product or service you’re writing about.

Can you get them interested in it? Interested enough to buy it?

 

Keep refining your ability to “sell” the product or service in person and you’ll be far more able to sell it on the page.

And your copywriting skills will soar.

 

Click the Original article source.

 

One way to get help with your own persuasion skills is to join the free 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge – and while learning how to write a book and get it published, you will discover what will help your ideal reader CRAVE your book and everything else you do.

Join the free challenge now at www.WriteOnPurpose.com/challenge!

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

Creator of the 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge!

SHARE!
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr

Writing Prompts: What Story Can You Tell in 100 Words? #microflash

Want some inspiration for writing? Having writing prompts helps. This challenge has no theme. It’s whatever you want. The only prompt for this #microflash challenge is to write a story in 100 words. Why not write your own & add it as a comment?

SHARE!
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr

Writing Prompts to Spark Creativity: What Story Can You Tell in 100 Words? #microflash

Writing prompts can get your writing juices flowing. Since the project is short, it won't take you away from your book. You may find that writing something in 100 words is just what you need to wake up the creativity within you.

Hen In Snow

Talons

by Ronda Del Boccio

We instinctively feel the danger. We cackle and run under the nearest bush, tree or shelter where death cannot take us. From my hiding place, I look at the empty yard. Relief! Nobody will die today.

Peeping in the tall grass. The babies! I rush toward them, cover them with my body and wings.

Hawk soars down, down, down. Big sharp talons stretched to kill. I will give my life for the babies.

Heavy weight lands on me, flies away. I feel a harsh prick. Stunned, I cannot move. Peeping from below rouses me.

I live! Hawk hunts.

# # #

For me, writing fiction is great fun. Your story can be fiction or nonfiction. Whatever pleases YOU and serves you.

LIFE itself provides wonderful fodder for creativity. Your own consciousness richly provides you with plenty of material.

Want to open yourself to greater creativity, self expression & even problem solving? The Write On Purpose Package provides a number of specially chosen journal writing prompts that give you insights into your life and emotions, plus a fabulous audio and guide.

Chief Robert TallTree and his wife Terri TallTree talked with me about the power of writing as a tool of stress relief and self expression that helps you in every aspect of life.

Write on Purpose Banner: Click to ClaimDownload your Write On Purpose Package now and open up to the gems within yuor own life!.

What inspires you?

 

SHARE!
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr

6 Word Memoirs Writing Prompts: What Is Your Best Advice in 6 Words?

SHARE!
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr

I've just discovered 6 word memoirs this week and I'm enthralled! Why?

Because writing prompts can be a really fun and USEFUL way to get creative juices flowing, I'm entering a writing contest that asks for 6 word memoirs on several topics relevant to writing.

inspiration: 6 word memoirs writing prompts

What I love about 6 word memoirs as writing prompts is that you aren't spending a lot of time writing something you feel may be a 'waste of time" (even though I personally believe NO writing is a waste of time!)

Writing Prompts Play Time!

Even busy people can take a minute to write 6 words, so let's have it! Give your BEST advice you would share with your readers/customers in your book - in just 6 words. Add it as a comment below.

SHARE!
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr