Stories not only expose and dramatize injustices in our healthcare system, they also motivate others to take action and move legislators to take responsibility. By sharing your story with Healthcare-NOW, you are helping us to build a movement of people and communities who are ready to fight back against unaffordable costs, inadequate access, and profiteering at the expense of patients by demanding single-payer healthcare.
Step #1: Review the Key Elements of an Effective Story (from billmoyers.com)
The three key elements of storytelling structure: Challenge — Choice — Outcome
A plot begins with an unexpected challenge that confronts a character with an urgent need to pay attention, to make a choice — a choice for which he or she is unprepared. The choice yields an outcome, and the outcome teaches a moral.
Because we can empathetically identify with the character, we can “feel” the moral. We not only hear about someone’s courage; we can also be inspired by it.
The story of the character and their effort to engage around values engages the listener in their own challenge, choice and outcome relative to the story. Each story should include all three elements. It’s not enough to say, “I was scared.” You need to say, “I was very scared, I needed to decide, and when I did, I learned it was possible.” Challenge, choice, outcome.
Incorporating challenge, choice and outcome in your own story
There are some key questions you need to answer as you consider the choices you have made and the path you have taken that brought you to this point in time as a leader. Once you identify the specific relevant choice point, dig deeper by answering the following questions.
Challenge: What was the specific challenge you faced? Why did you feel it was a challenge? What was so challenging about it? Why was it your challenge?
Choice: What was the specific choice you made? Why did you make the choice you did? Where did you get the courage (or not)? Where did you get the hope (or not)? How did it feel?
Outcome: What happened as a result of your choice? What hope can it give us? How did the outcome feel? Why did it feel that way? What did it teach you? What do you want to teach us? How do you want us to feel?
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