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Story2 Unveiled - Step 2: Tell It Out Loud

by Jocelyn Johnson, on Nov 12, 2014 6:01:00 PM

The fear that creeps in after sitting for hours brainstorming the introductory sentence of your college admission essay is a shared experience for high school students this season. The intimidating stare from the blank page has left the best of us at a loss for words. With Story2, your first draft isn’t on the page, but a recording of your authentic voice.

After you Find A Moment, the next step is to Tell It Out loud. Here’s how it goes:

1. Record yourself telling the moment out loud. Don’t worry about achieving perfection. Share the details as you would in a conversation.

2. Transcribe the story. As you hear your own voice, type every tangent and colloquialism. The details you write in this step could be the most powerful parts of the completed essay.

3. You can transcribe it on your own directly in EssayBuilder™, or request a transcription and have it delivered to you.

Tell It Out Loud to establish a personal, one-on-one connection with admissions officers. 

Imagine you are an admissions officer. It's 7:50 pm and you are exhausted. You have already read hundreds of essays, but you have one more essay to review before heading home. You sigh, and start reading. But, this essay is different than the others-- details and dialouge immediately capture your attention. It reads like a story and you feel like you are there in the moment with them. You make a note to take a closer look at their entire application tomorrow.

Why should you approach writing your college admission essay as if you were telling a story to a friend? Often, when you go from an idea to drafting, your unique voice gets drowned out by the formula of how you were taught to write. By telling your story out loud and using the transcription as the first draft of your essay, you'll be able to get started on your essay quickly and capture what's powerful about your spoken voice. 

An essay that reveals your authentic voice -- your tone and character as if you were there in the room -- is more likely to catch an admissions officer's attention than cliché phrases and words pulled from a thesaurus.  Story2 teaches you how to use your spoken voice to create authentic writing that will connect you with your readers. 

Topics:college admission