The Story Spine

Teresa Norton writes at HBR about how a simple exercise called the story spine can help you get unstuck and make change while “living truthfully” at work.

The story spine is a narrative tool created by playwright, improviser, and theater educator Kenn Adams used to craft well-structured stories. As Norton’s post shows, the story spine can be used as a personal narrative tool to help you make sense of your situation, envision and then enact positive change, and make key self-discoveries.

The story spine structure goes like this:

  • Once there was…
  • And every day…
  • Until one day…
  • And because of that…
  • And because of that…
  • And because of that…
  • Until finally…
  • And so…

Have you ever used the story spine? We’d love to hear about it!