Stories Tool Kit

Stories Tool Kit

Stories Tool KitHelpful tips to create your story

What to write about
If you’re struggling to start a story, just start with some facts. Simply look around you on Dartmoor and think about what you can see, hear and feel.

Observe the wind and sun (or rain!) on the heather, in the trees and the wider natural world. Can you see any wildlife near you? Rabbits to predators like foxes and buzzards all live on Dartmoor and there are fish to be spotted in rivers and pools (don’t fall in!).

Are there the remains of shelters or industry near you? Are animals still farmed on that part of the moor? How have people changed the moor with buildings and enclosures? Why are the people no longer there and what made them leave?

Where are you on Dartmoor and why are you there? If it’s somewhere you often visit or it has personal meaning to you then tell those stories. Or if you’ve not visited before have a look at other stories set in that location and read about that Parish.

Moor Stories is all about linking objects in the museum's collections with the places they came from and thinking about the people who lived on Dartmoor then and now. What do the photos and information from our collections on Dartmoor make you think of? Can you imagine people in the past using those objects and why they may have left them behind for us to find? use the information on the Time Periods pages to help your imagination

Be the first to add a story to a location or write the first creative story for a parish. Showing the way always inspires people to follow!

Creating a story
You don’t have to write a story on the spot and given mobile reception on Dartmoor this may not be possible.

Out and about on Dartmoor you can use your mobile or tablet. Remember data charges may apply when using the Internet on a mobile or tablet.

Use your phone or tablet’s features and apps to prepare your story. Some useful things to do are:

  • Use a notes or list creating app to capture your thoughts at the time. And make a note of where you are!
  • Take photos and use the best ones to illustrate your story. One photo goes a long way so think what you can do with seven (the maximum allowed on a story).
  • Sound recording can really capture the feel of a place. Whether it’s cattle lowing, birds calling or simple the quiet of the open moor sound is great for capturing atmosphere
  • Combine sound and vision with a video. A video can form the main part of your story. Simply upload it to YouTube and when adding your story to the website just put a title and brief summary in the first page, and then upload the video on the second page.
  • If there is a GPS signal you can work out where you are for the location. If not you can use place names in the nearest village, a map, ask in a nearby tea room or pub. Always put safety first when exploring Dartmoor and stay on access land.
  • Give your story a structure. The classic story has a beginning, middle and end.
  • Work with friends using phones and tablets to capture thoughts, photos, sounds and videos. Then combine them into one super story or see who can write the best story!
  • Get everything ready before you upload your story. The form helps you organsie your text, photos and other media.

Some useful links

Dartmoor Links

Dartmoor National Park
Safety on Dartmoor
Dartmoor National Park Blog
Legendary Dartmoor
Dartmoor Trust & Archive
Church Detective

Museum links

RAMM website
RAMM Collections Explorer 
Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery

Writing stories links

BBC Bitesize Creative writing
Aaron Shepherd’s tips for young authors
Creative Writing at Exeter University

Exploring Devon

Heart of Devon

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