How to Use Storytelling in Your Academic Writing
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How to Use Storytelling in Your Academic Writing

Techniques for Engaging Readers and Successfully Navigating the Writing and Publishing Processes

Timothy G. Pollock

Good writing skills and habits are critical for scholarly success. Every article is a story, and employing the techniques of effective storytelling enhances scholars’ abilities to share their insights and ideas, increasing the impact of their research. This book draws on the tools and techniques of storytelling employed in fiction and non-fiction writing to help academic writers enhance the clarity, presentation, and flow of their scholarly work, and provides insights on navigating the writing, reviewing, and coauthoring processes.
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Chapter 3: Storytelling tools

Timothy G. Pollock

Abstract

In this chapter I describe storytelling tools. Storytelling tools complement story structure by moving the story from one act to the next, making characters three dimensional actors instead of cardboard cut-outs, creating tension and drama, and help provide the reader with release. I focus on four storytelling tools that I think are especially appropriate for academic writing, and that are easy to incorporate: the human face, motion and pacing, showing and telling; and making your writing conversational.

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