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Elements of Storytelling

Elements of Storytelling

Lindsey Simmons

on 15 February 2011

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Transcript of Elements of Storytelling

Elements of Storytelling What makes a good story? How do we capture the audience? How do we start the writing process? What is a story line? Setting Character Conflict Point of View Plot Structure A single theme, clearly defined
A well developed plot
Style: vivid word pictures, pleasing sounds and rhythm
Dramatic appeal
Appropriateness to listeners Take the story as close to them as you can.

Keep it brief and simple- especially for younger children - pare down to the heart of the story.

Stimulate their senses so they feel, smell, touch and listen and see vivid pictures.

Describe the characters and settings, and help them sympathize with the character's feelings.

Aim your story at the younger ones when telling to a audience of mixed ages! Read the story several times, first for pleasure, then with concentration.

Analyze its appeal, the word pictures you want your listeners to see, and the mood you wish to create.

Research its background and cultural meanings.

Live with your story until the characters and setting become as real to you as people and places you know.

Visualize it! Imagine sounds, tastes, scents, colors. Only when you see the story vividly yourself can you make your audience see it! Map out the story line: The Beginning, which sets the stage and introduces the characters and conflict; the Body, in which the conflict builds up to the Climax; and the Resolution of the conflict. Observe how the action starts, how it accelerates, repetitions in actions and how and where the transitions occur. If simplifying or adapting a story, do not alter the essential story line. Beginning Climax Body Resolution
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