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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