Introduction: What is Storytelling? & The 7 Essential Tell-Tale Signs of a Compelling Story
You might be wondering what is story telling, in the beginning of your story. To understand this topic, let’s start with a definition. Story (n): one of the things in a sequence of events that make up a story. This can also be called a narrative. An emerging idea should make sense and hold interest, and be built around a problem or conflict. The story should be plausible; it should be compelling.
In the beginning I will discuss what is storytelling, why it is important, how to begin a story, how to end a story and how to structure your story. All of this will be done with the help of examples from films that I have seen in my lifetime.
So, here is an example of “The Godfather” by Mario Puzo.
6 Ways to Make Your Story More Interesting & Add an Extra Layer of Suspense
There are many reasons why you may be thinking of telling a story. Maybe you want to entertain your friends, family or coworkers with a captivating story that will thrill and amaze them for years to come. Or perhaps you have a story about a time where you experienced something unexpected or unusual. Or maybe it’s something profound—maybe it’s a story that will move other people to tears. Regardless of what the motivation for your story is, you should keep in mind that certain elements are essential to making your story have more lasting impact and become more memorable. Here are 6 ways to make your story more interesting, compelling and memorable.
1. Make Your Story Emotionally Resonant
The first step to give your story more emotional impact is to understand the purpose behind it. The purpose is what moved you in the first place. Think about what sparked that moment of inspiration. What is this story really about? In what way do you want it to be meaningful to others? One of the most common ways people think up stories is when they want to share something they feel strongly about with others.
For instance, my uncle had a friend who was very sick. He was bedridden when he got the news that his cancer was gone and he would live. His friend celebrated by telling his story and laughing. He told everyone what a great time he was having and how great life was going to be now. My uncle, who did not really care all that much about the person who was lying in bed, found that ironic and hilarious.
How to Use the “What If” Principle in Your Story Telling
The “what if” principle is an important concept to remember when writing a story. When you’re trying to write a story, ask yourself what would happen if certain things did not happen. For instance, imagine you were asked by your boss or an authority figure to bring something into the store. And you brought in that item. Now, think about what would happen if you didn’t bring it in. See? It all started with a “what if” moment.
Let’s look at another example. You do not have a pen, so you run to a store and buy one. You walk into the store and go over to the pen section only to find every single one of them is sold out! Now what? Remember, it all started with a “what if” moment.
Now, what you want to do is take the “what if” idea to another level. What if that same pen was not being sold on this particular day but rather every other day or week? You could try to make a story out of the different situations that would lead up to that situation. But if you want to keep things simple and straightforward, then simply say: “What if I needed a pen and I didn’t have one?” There are several different scenarios that could take place depending on your choice of words. Let’s try something else.
5 Tips for Making Your Stories Come Alive with the Power of Emotion
When you’re trying to write a story, the most effective way to keep your readers engaged is to involve them emotionally. If you can generate those “feels,” then you’re already on the right track. You see, we humans are naturally wired for emotional responses when communicating with one another. And this natural tendency can be effortlessly harnessed when writing a story. I’m going to give you 5 tips for making your stories come alive with the power of emotion.
1. Make it relatable.