The initiative is the first requirement. As in anything else, so is the case, for you to become a story teller. Every human being tells stories. And every activity that we indulge in, can become a story.
Certainly, every human being expresses, and seeks a voice and gives opinions. But mere talks and speeches cannot become stories. The craft of storytelling is a precious talent. And not many have taken interest in this valuable art form. Perhaps it may not be the most monetarily enriching stream. But certainly, listening to a story can motivate and inspire the individual and society.
Bed time stories that allows the child to go to sleep is a universal phenomenon. And so are stories of romance, family, commerce, adventure, valor and even wars.
Every human being who exposes himself to risks and changes in living is, a story by himself. Goodness, bad, pleasure, pain, success, failure are all part of the art of storytelling. Happiness, grief, bitterness, cynicism and sarcasm are all the nuts and bolts of the story within other stories. And there are skeptics of the story tellers.
The start of story-telling has to capture the attention of the listener. This is achieved if the listener connects with the content of the opening lines in the story. So, examples have to be relevant to understanding of listener.
The content creation is toughest part of story. How much open, are your ears and your eyes? Do you recognize, subtle and details and other insights that are going on around you? Every situation and event is information to eyes of story teller. He picks up most sensitive message and can sensationalise this, into various formats. The story teller can cut into very many, tiny pieces, every part of an event. May be to its molecular and atomic and nano level of the existence of the event. Then the small and bits and pieces are classified. Their categories are studied. Because only then can these appropriated pieces be given designation inside a structure. The structure will conform to a specific sequence of events. The story-telling has begun.
Immense clarity of mind is an absolute need to enable the writing of a story. The story teller visualizes the forms and shapes, as story plays itself out in the mind. The coherence of various frames and synchrony of situations need much care and attention. Any mismatch or mishap in relating the action, emotion, event and it’s expression, to each other, will make it unattractive. The adherence to a principled style of expressing the story is expectation of the listener. The viewer of story must not be, made to exert, to comprehend the visuals. Many stories are shown visually. Very good visualists, who create appealing visuals for the story, may not need much words and languages.
The visualists communicate the story by manufacturing visual scenes. But only experts at visual communication can become effective in this genre of storytelling.
It is the genius in each person, if they can discover, even newer mediums, to tell their story. The domain expertise needed is the ability to persuade your listener.
What is content that you want to communicate? Everybody has many ideas, feelings, thoughts and even deep experiences. But all those need to come in a specific and articulated sequence to make it to the story line. The tone and sense must be strong, so that even if interspersed with humour, yet goal and target of the story remains steady.
There must be stability in characters so that story has strength of consistency from beginning, till finish. The pace at which, story rolls on is a factor that many amateurs over look. The expert story teller sets the rhythm in revealing each segment. The suspense, thrill and introduction of each separate sector within the same story, adds the intrigue and curiosity in the listener.
The experienced and expert story tellers have invested much time and effort to study the psychology of consumers. They have investigated on how the listeners assimilate and learn the content of the story. The process of recall of frames from the beginning, and fitting it in, to the middle portion and then, stringing it till the end, is all a fascinating education in our nervous system.
The listener will be impacted only if,messaging and coding of the matter is efficient. The short sentences and expressive language will give desired effect.
Relying only on visual communication is an advanced method of story telling. Actually, when you go inside a forest or on the high mountains or even on the beach of the ocean, the language ceases to exist. The visual content then impresses your mind. Observe these scenes for about forty minutes. Can you visually innovate a method to express the impression of your mind? This nature, communicated to you only with visuals. The nature did not use a language to talk to you. The story teller can learn new techniques to visually narrate the story. It is not easy. The exercise must ensure that the listener can comprehend much of what you intend to say. Many disconnected separate incidents are woven together into one single theme and the story.
To a normal person, it is just that the monkey sat on tree. But the story teller will tell that the monkey on the tree looked below. Then he will continue to tell that the monkey looked down and located an ant’s nest. Then the monkey looked above and identified a bird’s nest.
Both the nests served same purpose but looked absolutely different from each other. The function of the nest being the same, yet the shape and form are different. This confused the monkey……..and the story teller can continue.
The perspective of the story teller has multiple angles. He cannot be rigid with one view on any one thing. The story teller is an artist of word crafting. He is a word smith who can sculpt a story, by bringing together diverse emotions. Converging different ideas and knitting the shades of the environment into one single fabric is the art of the story teller. You can make the beginning today. Choose to be the story teller.