Pick which story you are going to tell.
Ensure the story suits the audience.
What are your reasons for telling stories?
making sense of the world
developing the imagination
empathy with other people
making people think
handing on a tradition.
Most told stories follow a set sequence:
Proposition is made
Frustration follows as circumstances change
Nightmare ensues as complications mount up
Resolution sees the story played to a conclusion.
Act One: Something happens
Act Two: Complications
Act Three: Resolution.
Add some character notes to consult as you go along.
If you are writing a long piece, you will need a variety of sub-stories that include very short stories — and longer stories that hold attention.
Teenagers are interested in ghost stories.
Older people like to remember half-forgotten detail.
Small children need some physicality in a story. They need to move about, to jump up, or, down
For yourself, list the main points of a story: embellish it and put into it detail of place, time and weather.
Include what your senses encounter; touch, taste, feel, see, hear.
Make sure you include answers to the following:
What (has happened or might happen)
Who (is involved or affected)
Where (does the story happen)
When (do the events take place)
Why (is it important or why are the events occurring)
How (many are involved; how did it happen)
All the ends of a story have to be tied up on conclusion.
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