In this week’s meeting of the Writers of the Desert Rose Cafe, a member told a quick child’s story aloud. Afterwards she discussed the seven story elements for successful story-telling.
Have you been asked to tell a story to a group? Do you think you may receive such an invitation in the future? If so, note the following elements to make your story-telling better:
1. (This one seems obvious) The story must have identifiable characters.
2. The characters show emotions: fear, indecision, love, joy, whatever. (You, the storyteller, use your voice, expression, body language to convey the emotions.)
3. The main character has a problem to solve.
4. An antagonist creates trouble.
5. The characters find a solution to the problem.
6. The main character learns something from the situation.
7. The main character changes and grows.