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Part of the magic of storytelling is that it can reduce the distance between people. It can create connection and community. In a world where is far too common, this is a valuable gift.
Stories reduce the distance between people when they honestly tap into the emotion of the events. If the emotions are , the story seems . If there are no emotions, the story will also seem .
It can be difficult to honestly tap into the emotion of our stories. Many of us are not used to identifying our feelings. Our feelings vocabulary might need room to grow. Below is a list of words that might help you build your vocabulary.
A story can contain many different emotions. The emotional feeling of a story is called the tone. For example, the tone of All the Important Things might be described as hopeful. The storyteller has found a career that allows him to help others with HIV, and he is hopeful that he will have a bright future despite his illness. The tone of 7th Word might be described as curious. The storyteller is surprised he knew the Lakota word for berry pudding and curious about what else he will learn from the world around him. The tone of Go Around might be described as empowered. The storyteller is empowered because she is able to use her voice to keep herself and others safe, and nowadays people listen to what she has to say.
Monte Hallis took part in the first workshop the Center for Digital Storytelling ever held, back in 1993. Monte created Tanya, a digital story about friendship. Monte built a friendship with a mother who was dying of AIDS. This was before there was a treatment for this illness. As she tells her story, Monte sounds like she is talking to a trusted friend. The emotional honesty of the story draws viewers in.
- What feelings can you identify in this digital story?
- How would you describe the overall tone?
Sadness from being apart from other people
Described as larger or greater than something really is
Pretending, cheating, or lying
Wanting to learn more about something or someone
To be very interested in something or someone
Feeling like you can do something well
To have power
Influenced by someone in a good way
Very excited and happy
As a whole or in general