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In this step-by-step companion guide, Nancy Mellon explores the secrets of a good story and how to become a confident teller of stories made from scratch. The healing power of stories is a strong antidote to today’s world of electronic screens and games. Storytelling is an engaging and meaningful way of sharing our thoughts and feelings. As a path of self-development, storytelling awakes archetypal experiences, symbols, and inner forces for healing others and oneself.
Nancy Mellon shows how to create a magical atmosphere for telling tales, how to use movement and direction in a story, how to set a “storyscape,” making beginnings and endings, and how to use the rhythms of voice in the most effective ways. Here, too, are the subtler ingredients of storytelling, including moods, the elements, the seasons, and using the symbolism of magic words, objects, and weapons to represent outer and archetypal forces in our world.