StoryWorks is a handbook on speaking, writing and storytelling. It ranges from classic tools like the ‘rule of threes’ to the new mnemonic ‘five finger technique’. These are illustrated with over seventy stories from around the world: some are traditional tales, others are modern fables. They are accompanied by creative exercises to expand your narrative and storytelling skills.
Inspirational leaders and public speakers know the power of story. Effective managers and trainers use anecdotes for imagery and example. Good teachers and therapists know storytelling is a tool for personal transformation. Whether you are a speaker or writer, a leader or coach or counsellor, StoryWorks provides an invaluable source of inspiration, narrative material and practical skills.
LifeWorks is a practical handbook which combines insights from psychology and anthropology. It looks at how you compose your ‘life script’ – the story which you tell about yourself. This script influences how you behave and how you present yourself to other people.
Stories from around the world have familiar characters: the princess, the hero, the good mother, the wise man. They are based on universal figures called archetypes. LifeWorks introduces twelve figures, with examples from books and films. Each figure is illustrated with a story drawn from myths and folktales. Questions help you to identify roles and relationship patterns in your own life. These tools are used by writers for character development & plot analysis.
Jane Bailey Bain’s writing has been compared to both Julia Cameron and Joseph Campbell. She combines personal insight with natural storytelling ability. LifeWorks is available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com (USA). Reviewed in Good Reads and Writing Magazine.
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