It’s not easy to captivate an audience when you are narrating a story. Nor is it similar to reading a story to them. For an audience to pay attention to you and your story, the first step on your part is to know your story. You cannot simply walk on the stage with a thread of your story. You have to be well aware of what you are going to say, how you will present it and how the story will interest the audience. You need to rehearse your act before going on stage. It may seem childish when I say rehearse the story. However, this is a fact.
Actually, storytelling is a tricky act. The audience must never feel that you are repeating a well-rehearsed story .They need to feel that you are describing each line and each character to them from your heart. You need to be totally involved in your act and get the audience to wait eagerly to hear the rest of the story.
Humor is a great tool to use in a storytelling stage. Do not take out your frustration or anger onto the audience. They have paid to get entertained and to enjoy a great session. So make sure you give them that.
Your story should have a meaningful and proper end. You should not leave your audience wondering what the story was all about as they leave. The story should have a well-planned structure. Vague concepts should be avoided. While writing a story, you may introduce uncertain situations and solve them later on. However while narrating a story, there is not much time to include uncertain elements. You may also forget to bring them up later before the end. This will confuse the audience and they will keep thinking that there is more to the story. The best and interesting way to keep your story simple, catchy and positively structured from the beginning to the end.
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Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. It is the job of a writer to connect all three and make the story worth telling. According to Aristotle, the beginning of a story need not be just the first event in the story; rather it can also be made into the emotionally engaging even which originates at the beginning of the story. As the story proceeds, the middle should consist of the consequences of the event finally leading onto to the resolution at the end of the story.
There are five essential ingredients in any story. If these ingredients are used in the right ratio, you can create a story which will leave the readers begging for more.
Ingredient #1: Orientation
The setting and the tone of the story at the beginning must set the tone to capture the reader’s attention. The protagonist must evoke empathy from the reader. As the story progresses, the reader will start to care and worry about the protagonist if they are emotionally invested in them.
Ingredient #2: Crisis
A crisis should crop up in the story that turns the main character’s world upside down. This crisis should not have an immediate solution as the protagonist of the story needs to come to terms with it and set the story in motion as they try to overcome this unexpected crisis in their lives.
Ingredient #3: Escalation
The crisis of the story should make the protagonist evolve as a person as they undergo a struggle to take charge of their life in the story. As the story escalates, the main character needs to keep changing while trying to solve the crisis.
Ingredient #4: Discovery
Discovery should be made by the protagonist at the climax of the story through their wit or grit. This particular discovery should help them to overcome the crisis they were facing.
Ingredient #5: Change
The story should have brought forth a change in the protagonist, either good or bad.
At the end of the day, if your story is worth telling, your readers will invest their time to find out what happens next. So make it worthy of their precious time.