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Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins, 2nd Edition by Annette Simmons

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CHAPTER 11

Sensory Details Make Stories Experiential

Even if you have never been to Russia, I can take you there with a story, using sensory experiences as building blocks to develop the scenery, characters, events, and consequences. I can use those building blocks to tell my story about seeing a Russian woman who appeared to be homeless, with tattered dresses and coats, selling small trinkets and handkerchiefs rather than begging for rubles. You already know what snow is. You have seen old ladies who are poor, and you have seen homeless people in big cities. If you have seen Doctor Zhivago (1965), you might use the train scene for the background. Sensory perceptions such as these are the building blocks of storytelling, and they come into play ...

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