Storytelling : A ‘not-so-easy’ task (Part One)

A good storyteller will always make a story his/hers. What this means is that he/she changes her story whenever he/she desires it, brings characters and takes others away, develops it impromptu and even when he/she borrows assets from other stories, he/she makes it personal till you couldn’t tell.

The best storytellers go in accordance to the proverb don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The essence they deliver is that a story can never go as you predict. And it is not just the twist and turns that a storyteller employees, no, the storyteller can break conventional storytelling criteria. For example, when reading an essay, you expect a flow of events. But assume the writer wrote a story beginning with the present going back to the past then when you think you have seen where the writer is going, he takes you suddenly to the future and marries these two stories successfully! Is the story not good just because it broke conventions? No. Infact there are unwritten conventions that characterise writing. They are creativity and the ability to wow readers. If you cannot find a method to make your story interesting and/or shocking to your audience then you are not really a good storyteller.

Storytellers have all the right to enslave their stories. We tell them, “Here, take our attention!” and they are supposed to repay us by taking full advantage of it.

Join me in the next blog as we venture into the world of storytelling. Meantime, here are some other blogs you might enjoy 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

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