Day 3 Week 11 – What’s In A Story?

9/7/2016 – 7 AM run, cool, 6 miles easy plus 6 striders

Elements of a story consist of the following:

who, what, when, where, why, and how

The who – it is always about the people – the hero, villain, victim, victor, family member, neighbor, etc.  This humanizes the story and makes it relevant to the audience.  Example:  Tommy the boy next door.

The what – gives the unique perspective, or the angle, to the story.  What specifically was the actor(s) involved?  More focused, the better.  It is this “angle” that draws the audience’s interest.  Example:  Tommy never had a chance against those bullies.

The when, where, why and how – help to develop the story.  Guide the audience by showing the supporting details as if they were right there.  Example:  Last Wednesday, Tommy was walking to the bus stop, thinking about what was going to happen like every normal school day. When out of the corner of his eyes he saw . . .

Of course, just to have all the elements does not guaranty a good story.  But it give the ingredients like what’s in a good recipe.  How to tell a good story will depend on the story itself, the delivery, and lots of practices.

Any suggestions or tips on a good story?

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