Color/Advance (S.2 Ep.2)


How to Play:

  • Choose a storyteller and a guide

  • The storyteller begins to tell a story

    • This can be a story you’ve told before or one you’re telling for the first time. You can also tell a story that’s true or make one up!

  • Periodically the guide pauses the storyteller and says, “Color the _________” instructing the storyteller to enhance some detail.

    • “Color” includes any kind of description – physical details, mood, inner thoughts and feelings of the characters.

  • When the guide is satisfied, she coaches, “Advance” and the storyteller continues with the action of the story.

    • “Action” consists of anything that answers the question, “What comes next?”

  • The storyteller continues to color or advance until the guide tells them to switch.

    • The storytellers will continue to advance the plot of the story of story until prompted “color”.

    • The storyteller should continue describing or “coloring” what the guide has asked them to until told to “advance”

  • Continue until the story is finished

  • Switch Roles 

Coaching Tips:

  • Coach the guides to limit their input to saying, “color” or “advance”. They should not ask questions (e.g. “What’s inside the box?”) or offer suggestions. (E.g. “He marries the waitress, right?”)

  • Let the guides know that they can coach “color” or “advance” for two reasons:

    • to help the story or

    • to “work” the storyteller.

  • Remind the storyteller that part of the value of the exercise is to be able to distinguish between description and action, and that they should commit to doing one or the other, without moving on until they are coached to.


  • None 


  • 5  - 10 minutes per storyteller

Number of Players:

  • At least two participants


  • Conducted Color/Advance

    • Participants:

      • 3 storytellers and a conductor

    • How to Play

      • Assign one storyteller to be in charge of action, one in charge of physical description, and one in charge of inner emotions and thoughts. Conduct the story by pointing to each person and have him or her continue the story focusing on his or her task.