“There is no greater power on this earth than a story.”
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article deals with the most important factor in storytelling. That is, to make a particular story appealing and interesting to the readers. Do not worry, this article shall cover that aspect.
Storytelling is an art which requires practice. One needs to write daily, whack their brains creatively in order to be adept in this process. In short, storytelling requires creativity and the ability to think outside the box. This, however doesn’t pertain to mundane conversations which support abstract and random stories. Some amount of creativity however, is required in verbal stories too, so as to make the other person credulous enough to fall for your story. In case of mere words, we need sheer creativity. In short, one’s writing should be such, that it fulfills the aspect of ‘gullibility’.
Here, I will be discussing the ways of making your story appealing through a step by step approach.
The first thing to be done as mentioned earlier, one needs to write on a daily basis, in order to attain perfection in the storytelling process. So, before commencing story writing, try beginning with writing prompts. We can consider the three stages to the writing process. Begin with quotes, then poems and finally stories. Stories too, could be sub categorized into short stories and long ones. You could try your hands on short stories first and judge your imagination level. If you are vindicated and feel that the time’s now right to begin with the long ones, then don’t hesitate to start your expedition!
Think On Your Story!
In the second step, I am assuming that you would start with the long stories. Here, you must brainstorm on a suitable genre and an interesting but largely creative story you can think of. I am also including the twists and turns in the plot as I say so. In short, your story needs to have that originality and must resonate with people.
Play With Your Words!
Your story must include a good vocabulary since that is what people normally witness the most. Play with words in your stories. For instance, He returned to never return. Here, a suspense factor is created and the story rates high on the interest scale. Further, you could design the story as he returned so that he could disappear forever with the love of his life. You could also use the poetic devices like personifications, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, metaphor, simile etc. For instance, The clouds shed tears of blood on his sacrifice or He searched the entire world for her.
Real – Life Incidences? Allowed.
Your story could include legit real life incidents in order to arouse the interest level. However, they must pertain to the story you compose. This is optional and could be excluded.
Mystery And Suspense!
The most common way of achieving the love of your readers is the composition of your story in the most mysterious and skeptical way. A story would be appealing, only if it comes with indirect narration and reveal of incidences in the most unpredictable way.
Create Quotations For Your Characters!
You could create quotations by your characters in the story. For instance, if the character has a secret entry in a particular book, then you could compose that entry or if a character writes a letter to a close one in the story then you could creatively compose that as well. This would make the story engaging. For instance, a secret entry could be ‘Room No. 1818. Visit at the 8th of September.’ This would help create a suspense for the readers as you further go on unveiling the mystery behind this particular room.
Use Direct Speech!
You could use direct speech for your characters more often rather than using the indirect one thus, creating a dialogue format in the story. You could make two or more characters speak to each other in the most subtle way which could help understand the plot. The conversation however, too should be indirect in revealing the facts or incidences in the story. It must be puzzling. For instance, “Where is the gem?” “At a place, least visited by humans but inhabited by the tribes in ancient times.” Here, one can decipher forest to be the answer. In such a way, you could create interesting conversations between two or more characters in order to link your readers to alacrity.
Avoid Mentioning Many Supporting Characters!
Do not mention many supporting characters as it may addle the readers. Make sure to mention only those characters that have an important role to play with the unfolding of your plot. Remain specific with the names of your characters and don’t meddle with any name in the later sections of the story, since it may create a bad impression.
Things To Be Noted!
Excess of any factor is aberrant. So, you could use flowery language but too much of it, makes the story boring and some of the words may sound vague to the readers. Avoid long descriptions of each and every character. Stick to the plot effectively without letting the topic go astray.
You could use informal tone of conversation between two or more characters but while mentioning the story to your readers remember to remain formal. Avoid slangs or derogatory terms while framing your story.
Love The Author Life!
The last step is to love your writing. Do not hasten to complete your story. Work according to your capacity and energy levels!
Thus, I would conclude stating that the key to creating an appealing story, lies in its plot and the way it is framed. More the suspense factor, more the essence of interest. Maintaining originality and considering the requirements of your readers while composing a story helps in the process. Be specific about your story and the characters that form the story. Each character provides a certain flavour to the story. Some add a spicy twist through their revenge, while some add a sweet twist through their loving and caring attitude throughout the story.
“The stories we live and tell, provide coherence and meaning, and orient our sense of purpose.”
Sharon Daloz Parks.