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How to Master the Art of storytelling – Basic Tips

“Tell me a Story of Deep Delight”- Robert Penn Warren

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Even thou we do not like to admit this fact, but not all of us our great storytellers. Some of us start off with an anecdote and end up messing up the whole point. The punch line either comes in too late or the relevance of the story is lost but whatever the reason it is an art that not everyone is gifted with. This is the same for writing a story too. Writing a story comes naturally to people and some authors can pick the most mundane of a thing a write the most beautiful piece on it that touches heart and soul. So if you are a struggling writer or storyteller and wish to attain some perfection in this art here are a few tips to Master the Art of storytelling.

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Chronology Matters

Whether it is a proper novel or a short story with one (or more) characters’ journey, the time frame in a story matters a lot. It needs to develop a chronology so that readers can catch up with the character’s growth and personality and are able to understand the characters they are reading about.

Sometimes you can choose to start the story and put your readers straight into the midst of all the action, or to the end of the story to catch their attention. It is also one of the easiest ways to arouse curiosity, suspense and tension in your story.

Since your reader does not know what is happening, they will continue reading to solve the missing pieces of the puzzle. However, it is important to remember that your readers are not Sherlock Holmes and shouldn’t be left finding clues in every page in order to make sense of the action.

How to Master the art of storytelling – Basic Tips

Know your genre & your purpose

What is the purpose of telling the story? It doesn’t matter if your purpose to write a story isn’t too big in comparison to some author that writes for a cause. What you need to understand is no matter how small the purpose behind you writing a story, your story should hold value to you. Because what is important to you will be appreciated and find its audience that may not be greater in number but some who would be touched.

The story can be funny, meaningful, emotional or a mixture of these, or something completely different. Be creative, but don’t forget to always make it relevant and interesting.

How to Master the Art of storytelling – Basic Tips to Become Good Storyteller

What’s the Fun without Tension

Ever read a book that was so intense you simply had to read until you finished, completely forgetting about time and space? This is what you are trying to achieve with your story. Be descriptive when telling about the climatic moments in your story. If you’re telling the story in person, perhaps when sharing your first whitewater rafting experience, be expressive and get excited about the story you’re telling.

The tension in a story is the plot twist that builds up on the problems and also develops the climax of the story engaging your readers keeping them glued to reading.

Happy writers make happy readers

As much as you enjoy creating the experience, you should also enjoy reliving the experience in your stories. Think about it this way: the adventure you provide can live on forever and can be enjoyed vicariously by everyone who reads it. And so enjoy your work because if you enjoy what you do it will automatically resonate with the work you produce, in turn making the receivers happy people too.

Well, here are a few tips to the writers out there!! To the rest of us, happy reading!

Master the Art of storytelling
Source: TEDxIslamabad 2018
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