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Great Storytelling

Storytelling is more than just sitting among a bunch of kindergarteners and reading a Dr. Suess book.  It’s about providing intriguing details, effects, and descriptions that gives your readers, listeners, and viewers the most distinct visuals a person can imagine.  Your imagination is an important piece of the story-telling puzzle.  It leads you to places you’ve never been but can only imagine going.  (Hint: reason it’s called your imagination.)

Think of a great radio ad you heard recently.  What prevented you from turning to a different station to continue listening to this ad? Were their sound effects in the ad? What about entertaining details? At the end of the radio ad, did you say ok that was funny or interesting? Better yet, how did you feel after listening to this ad and did you remember it the next time it aired? These are questions you should be asking yourself after reading a book, watching a movie or even listening to a song.

When telling a story, you can think of the most insane, unrealistic, juvenile situations and turn them into an exciting experience.  It’s all about attracting your reader, listener, or viewer with your own personal exhilarating storyline and keeping them there with entertaining experiences.

For this blog, I researched different tips for great story telling, watched a few TV ads and videos on Youtube, and thought of some great books and other works of art I have stumbled across lately.  Since a story can be told in various ways, I’ll share 3 different works of art I think contains great storytelling.

The first art that contains great storytelling is the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Fifty Shades of Grey series, by E.L. James.  Yes, I am guilty and have joined the 50 Shades bandwagon.  Although, I am not a huge fan of the weird, freaky BDSM that is mentioned in ¾ of each book, I do enjoy the love story of a wealthy young man with a dark past finding love with a brilliant, young college student.  The details are just a plus. I enjoy this series because it simply keeps me engaged in the story, I am forced to use my imagination, and I am left wanting to read the next book after finishing the last.  I don’t know what I’m going to do when I’m finish reading Fifty Shades Freed!

My second work of art containing great storytelling is The Notebook.  In my last blog, I revealed I’m a sucker for love.  I enjoy The Notebook, because it has an awesome storyline and displays great details that eventually lead us into the lives of the characters played by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.  Through this storytelling, I learned how Noah and Allie met, how they grew to love each other, break ups, make ups, marriage to another man, and eventually their last moment together.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend”.   Just a Friend is a funny story in the form of a rap  about Biz Markie’s love interest having an interest of her own.  Try listening to the song without visuals first and see if you interpret the storyline the same way after watching the video.

If you have a great story or work of art you’d like to share, please comment.  I’d be happy to read, watch, or listen.  Thanks for stopping by!

If  you are thinking about writing your own story? Click here for some tips by Michael Moorcock on great storytelling.


One thought on “Great Storytelling

  1. Kiarra,

    One of my questions – how can you take the things you find best about story telling and use them in your own blogs and social media campaigns? And I am still wondering what made these good stories? The way the story was told? The details that got you so involved you needed to know what happened? You told me three examples of good stories. You didn’t tell me what made those examples of good story telling.

    You were willing to put yourself out there and use your own ideas and opinions instead of just repeating the advice of someone else, and that is important to do. It would have been more powerful if you could have taken you ideas and opinions and integrated and connected them to techniques and skills that make good story telling.,

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