Storytelling is an Art available to the privileged few, It is about creativity through writing. It is about stringing your thoughts coherently and getting a deep satisfaction out of that. It includes works of fiction, poetry, personal memoir, autobiography, travelogue etc.
Such skills definitely require development in order to realize the full potential of the writer. The “Art of Storytelling” focuses on such developmental efforts.
Keep the folllowing in mind!
The theme is the central idea of the story, A simple example is victory of good over evil. It could also be an issue like gender bias, fatherhood etc.
The plot of the story comprises of one or more events that make up the story and convey the theme. If there is more than one event, they should connect with each other seamlessly either through coincidence or through relational effect.
Characterization is the process of developing, describing and carving out characters in a story. Usually, short stories have fewer characters as compared to longer ones. The author should keep in mind that characterization determines how the reader will connect with the characters in the story. This connection is what decides whether the reader likes the story of not.
Wordpictures are words that can vividly describe things and people and help fire the imagination of readers. They add colour and life to stories, poems and articles. Use as many Wordpictures as possible.
Appeal creates audience curiosity. It is that one or more element of the story, poem or article that draws the attention of the reader and holds him to the story. Three things can build an appeal:
- Intriguing and eccentric start
- Fascinating details
- Enjoyable surprise
Style is more in the way of writing than in the story, poem or article. It is the literary means that the author uses to build the story, poem or article. Use of the following build the style of writing
- Tone - formal, informal, intimate, solemn, playful, serious, condescending etc.
- Narration – first person or third person
- Punctuation – marks, spaces and indentations
- Diction & word choice