What makes a good story – storytelling

Almost everyone has someone in their family who can tell a good story; someone who can turn the most boring event into the most exciting yarn. Is this the definition of storytelling? Does a true story need to be factually correct? Can a fictional story be true?

How do you define storytelling?

In this week’s #letsblogoff, let’s examine the art and science of storytelling and why we human beings seem to need a good story like we need food, water and air. Or take the discussion in your own direction. But above all, tell us a good story. Or a bad one even.

Then publish on your blog anytime on Tuesday, February 15th and send a tweet to @letsblogoff or fill out the form here so we can pick it up and add you to the list of participating bloggers. Be sure to visit all the other bloggers to see how they tackled the theme. Retweets and comments are always appreciated.

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[...] As the day goes on, the rest of the participants in today’s Blog Off will appear miraculously at the end of this post. Keep checking back and check out everybody’s postss. You can follow along in Twitter as well, just look for the hashtag #LetsBlogOff. If you’d like more information about about the Blog Off or if you’d like to see the results of previous Blog Offs, you can find the main website here. [...]

[...] As the day goes on, the rest of the participants in today’s Blog Off will appear miraculously at the end of this post. Keep checking back and check out everybody’s postss. You can follow along in Twitter as well, just look for the hashtag #LetsBlogOff. If you’d like more information about about the Blog Off or if you’d like to see the results of previous Blog Offs, you can find the main website here. [...]

[...] As the day goes on, the rest of the participants in today’s Blog Off will appear miraculously at the end of this post. Keep checking back and check out everybody’s postss. You can follow along in Twitter as well, just look for the hashtag #LetsBlogOff. If you’d like more information about about the Blog Off or if you’d like to see the results of previous Blog Offs, you can find the main website here. [...]

[...] As the day goes on, the rest of the participants in today’s Blog Off will appear miraculously at the end of this post. Keep checking back and check out everybody’s postss. You can follow along in Twitter as well, just look for the hashtag #LetsBlogOff. If you’d like more information about about the Blog Off or if you’d like to see the results of previous Blog Offs, you can find the main website here. [...]

[...] As the day goes on, the rest of the participants in today’s Blog Off will appear miraculously at the end of this post. Keep checking back and check out everybody’s postss. You can follow along in Twitter as well, just look for the hashtag #LetsBlogOff. If you’d like more information about about the Blog Off or if you’d like to see the results of previous Blog Offs, you can find the main website here. [...]

[...] As the day goes on, the rest of the participants in today’s Blog Off will appear miraculously at the end of this post. Keep checking back and check out everybody’s postss. You can follow along in Twitter as well, just look for the hashtag #LetsBlogOff. If you’d like more information about about the Blog Off or if you’d like to see the results of previous Blog Offs, you can find the main website here. [...]

[...] As the day goes on, the rest of the participants in today’s Blog Off will appear miraculously at the end of this post. Keep checking back and check out everybody’s postss. You can follow along in Twitter as well, just look for the hashtag #LetsBlogOff. If you’d like more information about about the Blog Off or if you’d like to see the results of previous Blog Offs, you can find the main website here. [...]

[...] As the day goes on, the rest of the participants in today’s Blog Off will appear miraculously at the end of this post. Keep checking back and check out everybody’s postss. You can follow along in Twitter as well, just look for the hashtag #LetsBlogOff. If you’d like more information about about the Blog Off or if you’d like to see the results of previous Blog Offs, you can find the main website here. [...]

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