the best of qualities is dispassion

Response to Chapter 5: “Seven Steps Of Digital Storytelling”

I enjoyed reading this piece by Lambert (2012) and learned a good bit from it. In this course, I have been viewing and responding to digital stories. I have also been researching what can be learned through digital storytelling. And through my journey, I have come to believe that digital storytelling is a very useful device and has a place in the classroom. Now the time is coming for me to produce a digital story, applying what I have learned. Therefore, reading Lambert (2012) at this point was very helpful as he clearly articulates the seven steps required to produce a successful digital story. The steps he outlines are:

1. Owning Your Insights
2. Owning Your Emotions
3. Finding the Moment
4. Seeing Your Story
5. Hearing Your Story
6. Assembling Your Story
7. Sharing Your Story

I found two of the steps enlightening and wish to briefly discuss them. The first of which is step 2, “Owning Your Emotions” where Lambert (2012) suggests that storytellers ask themselves “Which emotions will best help the audience understand the journey contained within your story?”  I would never have stepped back far enough from my storytelling to even consider this important question. He then rightly recommends against using language that can feel judgmental and threatening and instead find “… the voice that conveys their emotional honesty, as if speaking to a trusted friend” (p. 58). Since I tend to be a bit preachy, I will pay close attention to my choice of words and voice in order to avoid this error.

The other step that I found very useful and have already begun to focus in on is step 3, “Finding the Moment.” To help clarify this Lambert (2012) offers the following quote by W.D. Wetherell, “A story isn’t about a moment in time, a story is about the moment in time.” He then recommends that storytellers ask themselves “Was there a moment in time when things changed? Were you aware of it at the time?” He describes how this moment in time often forces one into a new perspective on a subject. This step is very valuable as his questions helped me to actually Identify “the moment in time” when my perspective shifted (p. 59).
Reading this piece allowed me to clearly see and understand the steps required to produce a digital story. This reading also helped me to finally decide on the topic for my digital story as I had been vacillating, and have now settled on a topic that is very important to me. It was well with my time and energy.

Lambert, J. (2012). Seven Steps OF Digital Storytelling. In, Digital storytelling: Capturing lives, creating community (pp. 53-96). New York: Routledge.

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