Incredible Lightness of Storytelling
Letter from the Editor
Updated: Read an edited transcript of the #storiedTYM twitter chat with the editors if you missed it or want to revisit some of your favorite moments.
Progress has a lightening effect. As with most creatives, the buildup of ideas without a creative release can carry an almost physical weight. For me, writer’s block is invariably the result of not implementing my creativity, producing essentially an exit obstructed by overwrought idea urchin.
Story Bleed Magazine is nothing if not a product of overwrought idea urchin.
In other words, fire up the coffee maker and ready your minds because Story Bleed is newly light on our feet, moving out of our soft launch and preparing to officially throw open the doors! Ah, the feel of progress:
First through the door is our new slate of Story Editors. We have refined our staff from over 50 editors to a stealthy group of five. They are sharp, insightful, and rousing. And they want to hear your stories.
To mark the introduction of our new editors, Procter and Gamble is sponsoring a twitter chat with the editors of Story Bleed, Thursday, November 11 at 9ET/ 8CT and we invite you to join us, following the hashtag #storiedTYM. As part of P&G’s Thank You Mom campaign, dive into our editors’ perspectives and share yours as we discuss the art of storytelling and the importance of mothers as the oral and written historians of family.
What do our editors look for in a good written story? What makes a piece compelling? Are there any tips, methods, or tools they use and recommend when writing personal narratives? For one hour, we’ll dig into the life of a Story Bleed editor and celebrate the process of writing. Expect to be challenged and encouraged. That’s what we do.
Challenging and encouraging writers and non-writers alike to share their stories is also what P&G is accomplishing with their Thank You Mom contest. To enter, they are asking you to share stories of how you appreciate your mother in 600 characters or less. Every month, the 15 highest-ranked stories each win $1,000 toward travel expenses for a special visit with your mom and a handheld video camera to record your reunion.
600 characters. That is essentially four tweets. You can do this. In fact, that’s exactly what inspired us to partner with P&G’s Thank You Mom campaign as a sponsor of Story Bleed, because while encouraging storytelling is invigorating and exciting, it is also intimidating for people who don’t consider themselves writers. The inspiration for the twitter chat with the editors of Story Bleed is to encourage you to record your stories by breaking down some of the elements of a compelling written story into 140 character twitter-size pieces.
My favorite part of of the Thank You Mom campaign? The winners’ stories, so far, are stories any of us can relate to and write. They aren’t tales of insurmountable odds and exceedingly rare circumstances. You don’t have to share how your mom had her leg devoured by a land shark in a bizarre Saturday Night Live skit in order to win. The stories shared are simple and resonating. We like simple and resonating.
Who are we? It’s time we moved our editors from outside the design bleed.
Please welcome our Story Editors:
- Shannon “Mr Lady” / Whiskey in My Sippy Cup / @MrLady
- Heather King / Extraordinary Ordinary / @HeatheroftheEO
- Amy Turn Sharp / doobleh-vay / @amyturnsharp
- Sara Sophia / tout es des roses / @sarasophia
- Robin Dance / Pensieve / @PensieveRobin
Continually blurring the edges of that bleed:
- Editorial Director, Jennifer Doyle / Playgroups Are No Place For Children / @playgroupie
- Managing Editor and Print Editorial Director, Arianne Segerman / To Think Is To Create / @ToThink
- Marketing Director, Deb Rox / Deb on the Rocks / @DebontheRocks
And still in charge of unexpectedly adjusting the parameters of our edges at any given time, you have me:
Team in place, we will resume our invigorated publishing schedule this month and will begin accepting submissions again shortly thereafter. If you previously submitted your work, you do not need to resubmit, as our current queue of submissions is our first priority.
We extend our sincere thanks to everyone that applied for our limited editorial positions and look forward to sharing additional opportunities in the future.
In the meantime, explore the elements of a driving story with us during our twitter chat with the editors of Story Bleed Magazine, Thursday, November 11 at 9ET/ 8CT. Follow @StoryBleed on twitter, as well as our editors above, and follow along with our hashtag #storiedTYM, sponsored by P&G’s Thank You Mom campaign.
Find yourself where stories blur the lines. See you then!
Updated: Read an edited transcript of the #storiedTYM twitter chat with the editors if you missed it or want to revisit some of your favorite moments.Edited By Megan Jordan | November 11th, 2010 | Category: Featured 2, Monday 1 | 18 comments