YouTube-Google Search Story Memoir Perfect for Practicing Story Building: May Contest

by Kendra Bonnett on April 19, 2010

Book Business PaperclipPost #37 – Women’s Memoirs, Book Business – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler

Did you see Google’s Super Bowl commercials? If so, you probably remember the one called “Parisian Love,” which to Matilda’s and my thinking is, in essence,  a Google memoir. Conceptually it’s close to the Six-Word Memoir…only much cooler.

“Parisian Love” is very clever, and if you haven’t seen it, here’s a link to the original Google Search Story (aka memoir).

Create Your Own Google Search Story Memoir

Well now YouTube has a Google Search Stories Video Creator. And not only is it way cool, it’s also very easy to use. Here’s one I created in less than five minutes. It’s my story of leaving Connecticut for Maine.

And here’s Matilda’s story about selling her high-tech company, moving to the country and starting a new business teaching memoir writing to women.

We Have a New Tool for Story Writing

Here’s the link to the YouTube-Google Search Story memoir creator. I hope you’ll all create your own Google Search Story Memoirs and share the links with readers here on Women’s Memoirs so we can all enjoy your creativity, but I think there’s something more we can do with this tool. We have the perfect application for testing our theme and message. Can you express your theme and message in just seven search phrases? In other words, can you express your theme (universal concept) and the message (plot) with just seven search strings? Sounds a little like that old TV program, Name That Tune. “Mr. DeWitt, I can name that tune in two notes.” Okay, so I just dated myself.

Writing students of all ages struggle with theme and message (see my thoughts on this subject over at Story Circle Network’s Telling HerStories blog). Related to this, they also often write stories that aren’t really stories at all…they’re more like character sketches or anecdotes–events without a clear point. The pieces may be beautifully written, but without a plot, an arc or turning point, or a clear beginning, middle and end, they simply aren’t stories.

As I began playing with the Google Search Story Creator, I discovered that while it only took me five minutes to create a video, I was spending 10 minutes or so thinking through my story. I wanted to show clear progression, a point and usually a strong arc in the fifth or sixth search query. Then I wanted to end my story with possibility for the future, a question or even something a little whimsical. This tool provides a good structure for focusing on your own theme and message. Try it and see what you think.

Enter Our May Contest

Matilda and I found Google Search Story Memoirs so much fun to create that we decided to make this our May contest. Just follow this link to the YouTube Google Search Story Creator to get started.

I’ve posted a couple screen captures to help you. It’s not hard, but these may be useful.

1-Here’s the first screen you’ll see after you click the button to CREATE your own Search Story:

youtube-Google-search-story-pageYou enter your search phrases in chronological order on the left; and select the type of search you want for each search string (Web search, Maps, Product search, etc.) on the righ.t You’ll notice that the preview screen (just below this form–you can’t see it in this screen shot) shows you what your Google search actually found. Try changing from Web search to Maps to Product Search, etc. to give your screens variety.

2-When you’re done and click NEXT, you’ll go to another screen where you can choose from several musical scores.

3-And when you are finally done, YouTube will begin building your video. This will take a few minutes. Be patient.

4-After you watch your video and if you’re pleased with the results, give your video memoir a name and brief description. Put “Women’s Memoirs” in quotes as a tag.

youtube-login5-To enter our contest, upload your video to our WritingAlchemy YouTube Channel. You’ll be prompted for a Username and Password so that YouTube knows where to store your video. The Username is WritingAlchemy (NOTE THAT’S ALL ONE WORD) and the Password is contest1 (THAT’S THE WORD “contest “IN LOWER CASE, FOLLOWED BY THE NUMBER ONE).

6-Finally, come back to this post and add a Comment below telling us the name of your video. You must do this last step so we’ll know whose video belongs to whom.

That’s all there is to it. Have fun, and good luck. The contest ends May 31, 2010.





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Matilda Butler April 19, 2010 at

Kendra:
I had so much fun creating my mini-memoir using the YouTube-Google tool. Once I figured out the story I wanted to tell — one that could be told in seven sentences/phrases, then I did some sample searches. I changed my first search about 5 times, getting more specific each time. I wondered how much I could put into a single search and still get a result that looked reasonable. For example, I added “technology” near the end because I wanted people to know that type of company that I had founded.

I can imagine taking a vignette or a chapter and working it through this way. It helped me focus on the essence of the story.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention and to the attention of our readers. I remember seeing the original Google ad a couple of days after the SuperBowl. Now I can make my own stories and share them with others.

Janet Riehl April 20, 2010 at

Dear Kendra and Matilda…this was a fun experiment in several dimensions.

My story’s title is: “Yet Lost for Other Causes.”

Thanks for introducing me to this tool.

Janet Riehl

Barbara April 29, 2010 at

I really like this tool — thanks for the inspiration.
But I am having trouble posting it via your link (WritingAlchemy and contest1). Please advise.
Meanwhile, you can see it on my blog (listed) and I mentioned it on my facebook and of course, it is now on youtube (can be searched as Dream Year).
Thanks!

Kendra Bonnett April 29, 2010 at

Thanks Janet. This is great fun isn’t it!?!

Barbara. I found yours. And here’s the URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzCmNNf9iL8&feature=player_embedded

annie May 7, 2010 at

Interestingly, I found this tool not long ago and did a mini-memoir. It was great fun.

Quite Happily Ever After – is the title
by Ann Bibby of anniegirl138.com

http://anniegirl1138.com/2010/04/20/story-telling-tool/

LaTawnia Kintz May 8, 2010 at

That was fun! I think it took me longer to decide what to use than putting it together!

“My True Love Story” is the title
This should be the link: http://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=_dnphLKcVms

Tricia May 10, 2010 at

What a fun way to condense a story.

“Living for Me”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddE8zfFcwd8

Thanks!

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