Sunday, June 05, 2011

Story Telling.. Is it an Art?

Every time when my friend comes to me, he tells attractive stories. Sometimes I used to call him to hear some stories. All incidents in his stories are taken from real life but with added spices which liked by individuals. He changes the same story depends on different people or the crowd while adding those spices. I usually wonder from where he learnt this wonderful skill of story telling. Whenever I try my best to deliver a real-life scenario, I like to provide each detail which is not very interesting for the opponent. This turns even a comical situation to an un-comical one.

Here is an excerpt from "How to Tell a Story" by Peter Rubie & Gary Provost



Developing story sense is really nothing more than learning to find the most interesting way to tell a good story. So, you ask, "What do you mean by 'a good story'?" That's a good question.


A good story takes readers where they haven't been before in the company of interesting people they learn to care about who are forced to deal with adversity. It is, therefore, best when it is specific about time, place, and task, particularly when it involves unfamiliar and unusual places and activities.


The best ideas and the best writing are always simple and direct. You have to learn to trust your instincts and your judgment and listen to the guiding voice they provide. You learn this by practicing and mastering your craft.

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