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Tell Your Stories with Intention!

Kristin Orloff, Gritty Quills

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5 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro to Telling Stories with Intention

    • 2. Finding Space and Time

    • 3. Student of the Craft and Critical Resources

    • 4. This Horrible Book is Your Inspiration

    • 5. Project for Telling Stories with Intention


About This Class

We writers shape, change and rock the world.  It is we who give voice to music and magic to movies.  Our words bring peace to the grieving and hope to the lost. 

We preserve the past, frame the present and create the future.

And the world needs more storytellers, like you.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to create your perfect creative space
  • How to overcome the constraints of finding time to write 
  • How to stay disciplined as a writer 
  • Where to find great resources
  • Why Go Tell A Watchman is the best worst book you must read

In your unique and beautiful imagination awaits the next creation of worlds with wizards and witches, or of toe-tingling romances; of bone-chilling adventures or fun twists in fan fiction; of magical kingdoms with fairies and spells or aliens ruling a new universe. 

You have special knowledge and unique experiences to share.

You are a storyteller and the world awaits your story.  Storytellers define good and evil, love and hate, laughter and tears. We create the heroes and the villains. We write the speeches that move nations. We draft the Constitutions to define societies.

The Gritty Quills Academy Courses are here to guide your journey on every day—to beckon your amazing-wonderful-unique-to-you-stories to share.

I invite you to become the storyteller

whose words and wisdom

will bring light to this world.

Join us in these courses! 


Links to Books Referenced in the Resources Section 

Links to PodCasts, Websites and Writing and Communities 


1. Intro to Telling Stories with Intention : So you are storytelling. Welcome to this amazing calling. It is us who have created heroes who have defined good and evil, who have inspired nations who have told cautionary tales. We are the storytellers. We're the ones from the ancient calling. And today, here, in this lesson, I want to help you develop your craft, not perfect it because it's always going to be developing its art. That's what we do. It's art. We work at it. We work hard at it, and I wouldn't make that journey just a little bit easier for you. It's a tough journey. Let's not lie. Writing is hard, but it's so amazing. And what a gift. So in today's lesson, what I want to do is show you ways to find intention in your writing, intention of time, intention of space, intention of resource is intention of becoming a student of your craft. And finally, I want to inspire you with one of the worst books I've ever read. So let's get started and real quick. If you're not a member of skill share, check it out. It's worth looking into tons and tons of classes on ah, huge variety of subjects quality, great teachers, not the crazy ads you get from blog's side. And I find it a lot easier to navigate than all the YouTube channels. So check out skill share if you haven't already. All right, so let's get to storytelling. 2. Finding Space and Time : All right, So you are ready to write some incredible tales. You are ready to bring out your wizards. You're witches. Your romance, your mysteries. You've got these stories inside of you got these characters knocking around in your head. I get it. We're all a little schizophrenic when we're writers, and you need to find a place to make this happen. It's going to vary, But what you want to do is make sure that your place house intention for you it should not be a place that you dread. It should be a place that you're comfortable and it has everything you need. And also, it should be free of distractions that you don't need. I would suggest pushing the phone away. If you're a munchies person as you write, get your munchies before you sit down. Get your cup of hot tea before you sit down. Make sure you have what is important for you to write. If you are a public place writer because you find inspiration from the crazy characters walking through the coffee shop and find a comfortable place for you and make that your habit, your place should include plenty of elbow room space. You should not feel cramped. You should be able to spread out whether that's a no pad. I often times will write with a note pad, and I will spread out ideas and just sketch out what I'm thinking. But I need room to do that. Sometimes it's the kitchen table. Um, sometimes it's Ah, uh, shelf in the garage. Sometimes you might be a floor person, but think it through. Have intention. Ask yourself, Is this the best place for me to create my writing and then make it your sanctuary? Make it you're calling place and know that when you come there, you have the mindset that I'm going to write, and I'm gonna create here, if at all possible. It should be a space that doesn't function as anything else when possible. Okay, so now you have your place. You've surrounded yourself with everything you need. You need time. And what is time going to look like big time? And what is time going to look like heaven help us. My most frustrating challenge as a writer is when I do have the time and I can't get a word on the page, that's almost worse. So when you sit down, you're at your place. Your in your sanctuary. You've taken away the distractions. Now you need to write with attention. Set a goal for yourself. It might be a time goal. It might be a chapter goal. It might be a page goal. It might be a word goal, but it will give you a putting. It will give you a starting place. So I'm here in my sanctuary. I'm going to crank out two pages. I'm gonna crank out this chapter. I'm going to re read and edit this chapter. But sit down with intentions and know what it is you set to accomplish before you even sit down. Maybe you're just gonna work through a character. Maybe you're going to work through a tricky spot that you're having in your story. But sit down with intention. You'll find that you will do a lot less floundering if you have already developed a premise for a logline. For your story start always with that. One thing I've started doing is I've written the premise. The idea the central characters conflict at the very top of my story. Before I begin a chapter before I begin writing with my dialogue, my characters and what not at the top of that chapter in Bold. I'll say in this chapter. I want to accomplish this and want to show that she has an internal conflict between your old friends and her new France, or whatever you want accomplish in that chapter. Now you've said an intention for yourself. Now you're ready to hit the ground, running your in your place, your free of distractions. You've set your intention. You even told yourself that you can delete that later, but that will help ground you and help you use your time wisely because God knows that's what we need a lot more of. I can't give you more time, but I can help you make the time have more productive by setting an intention for it. 3. Student of the Craft and Critical Resources : the fact that you are here, they're on skill share and you're listening to this course tells me so much about you. You're a student of your craft and you are looking for ways to make your craft more refined . And that's an excellent thing to Dio. As I showed in the other segment. There's so many wonderful writing books out there. It is never too early to start your library collection, and it is never a waste of time to go back through those books. In addition to that, there's a lot of other resource is that you can utilize to help with your being a student of the craft. For instance, I highly recommend that you find a writing group. It can be people, you know, that you have met through classes or you can find these writing groups online. Just make sure you always meet in a public place just by word of mouth. I have been a part of several writing groups. I know a lot of libraries and bookstores. We're also host writing groups. They are a critical piece of your writing, not only reading and critiquing other authors, but getting that feedback on yours is so powerful you want to be in a writing group that shares your common goal that you are comfortable with. Their has to definitely be an area of trust. Another tip to become a student of the craft is to join a book club. If you're not already member of the book club, it is so insightful for you to hear from other readers what impressed them about this story . Where did they laugh? Where did they cry? Why could they not put that book down? It's fun to be a part of a book club. It will broaden your horizons. And also as a writer, it's going to give you some insights into what keeps your readers turning those pages. There's a whole lot of writing conferences out there. They're all across the nation. Look for writing conferences that have a variety of interesting speakers. Look for writing conferences that also have agents. If you're at that part of your story, the networking is so important, you're going to hear some fabulous tips and ideas again. You're going to connect with other writers, and it really is worthwhile. I commit myself to go into a writing group once a year. Hopefully, you can go more than that. But you wanna at least connect once a year and stay active in their craft. If you're near a local college, a lot of local colleges are going to have writing courses that they offer at night. If it's a community college, it's going to be very low cost. That's another excellent way to get some tips to interact with writers and to get some feedback on your writing. And also you've seen the master classes that are online an excellent way to become a student of the craft and to learn from those who have become successful in a variety of genres. Create your space, make it a sanctuary and prioritize your time by giving yourself an intention. When you sit down, join a writing group, join a book club. Both are excellent places to collaborate, find a writing conference and writing courses also can be found by quick Google searches to find out where they occur in your area 4. This Horrible Book is Your Inspiration : And then finally, I'd like to leave you with the worst book that I have ever read and probably the most important book I have ever read. That book is Botella Watchman, and it is written by our friend Harper Lee. And why is it so awful? It's just awful. It's just a knuckle book. But why is it important? It's important because when you read botella watchman, you can see nuggets. You can see the beginnings you can see. It's almost like a flower that's trying to bloom. If you are introduced to scout and you're introduced to Gem and you're introduced to moments of the theme, she's working it out. She's not there yet. It is really a crappy first draft, but it's so inspiring because I think if she had stopped there, if she had become frustrated, if she had quit, if she had looked at, go tell a watchman and went up. This is horrible. There's nothing here. Then we would have never had to kill a mockingbird. So whatever draft you are working on, no matter how difficult you feel, it is no matter how frustrated you are, no matter how awful it feels, it is part of your journey. You're almost there. You have to peel away those nuggets. You have to find those gems. You have to keep going. Keep developing. Keep creating because your story is in there. You're going to keep working at it until you find it. So if you need inspiration read, go tell a watchman. 5. Project for Telling Stories with Intention: this project is for you to help you rediscover, discover your love of storytelling. So the first part of your project is to think back to the first story. You remember writing or telling. How old were you? What was that story about? Lose yourself in this memory as it helps you to rediscover your calling as a storyteller. One day you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted. Write that story now. It is a discipline when and where do you, right? Think about the perfect place. But then, no, you could be Justus productive in the sanctuary you create for yourself. Now think about when you write what robs you of your time and how can you get away from the things that still you from your story? Be honest and share an honest plan where you describe when and where you will, right, because overnight success is almost always a myth. Half of this industry is luck, and the other half is the refusal quit. It is a commitment. There were stacks of books written about writing. There's blog's, There's Webinars, their skill share. There's infinite resource is there's writing groups and critique circles. There's contests, but sure, the best resource you use and commit toe, adding one more in the next six months, such as joining a writing group. Because amateur sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work. Your project is just share the summary of the first story you remember. Conceptualize an honest planas toe when and where you can write and share. The best resource is you use and commit toe, adding one more, and we look forward to be inspired by your project. I believe everyone can tell a story and everyone has a story to tell.