We are thrilled to have Mrs. Rounds with us today sharing her thoughts on crafting an amazing story. Read on to learn all about storytelling, from the initial ideas, to piecing the narrative together!
The Art of Storytelling. (Which is just a fancy way of saying that a really great story needs some planning so that your audience will say, “Wow! What a great story!”)
Think about your favorite childhood fairy tale. When you were little, those magical words “Once upon a time…” opened the door to a world of wonder and excitement and fantasy which you didn’t know existed. Dragons! Princesses! Evil queens! Swords! Handsome princes! And no tale would be complete without those wonderful words at the end: “…and they lived happily ever after.” But as we grow up, we realize that someone creates all these spellbinding stories – and that someone could be you!
One of the most important things to remember as you tell your own imaginative story is that you need to do some preparation. When you start out on a trip, you need to know not only where you’re going but what route to follow and what you will encounter along the way. In the same way, when you start a story, you need a beginning, a middle, and an end. You can’t just wing it and hope for the best. You wouldn’t just start driving down any old road hoping that Disneyland is at the end of it. You can’t just start writing hoping that a great story is at the end of it. You need a plan.
You need to include the answers to these questions in your story plan. Ask yourself:
- Who is my main character? What does he or she look like? What kind of person is he or she?
- Who are my supporting characters? What role do they play in the story?
- What is the main action of the story? Where does this action take place?
- What is the beginning of my story? What happens next? Have I created a satisfying and interesting end for my story? Did I just stop in the middle or did I remember to wrap everything up at the end?
And here are a few final hints about creating a great, spellbinding story that will make your readers want more. Check all of the details like grammar and punctuation and word choices. Try not to use the same words every time. Instead of “pretty”, say gorgeous, beautiful, enchanting, attractive, lovely, or any other phrase which shows that this person is not your average-looking human being. Ask someone you trust to read your story and give you feedback. Accept help if you’re having trouble with parts of your story – ask for advice and then make your changes.
But the most important thing of all for good storytelling is to tell your own story. Don’t try to copy anyone else. Have faith and confidence in your imagination. Have fun writing and enjoy yourself. If you have fun writing, your readers will have fun reading. And you – and everyone – will live happily ever after!