How important is storytelling?



When it comes to watching a TV show especially when reading a book, there is always something that keeps us all engaged in what we want to get out the program or book. A story, as long as it is engaging and informative, can be told in many different ways. A story can be form from words of literature or through a collection of visual images like drawings and paintings. Using our imagination, stories can be expressed whether it is based on something that is true or completely fictional. Of course, there are certain things that people must consider before telling a story.

A story is developed in three structures beginning, middle, and end. The beginning part is when the author of the story introduces main characters, their goals, the setting, and the main conflict. The mood and tone are also established at the start of the story and must be consistent throughout the story. They are important because both factors are responsible for keeping the audience engaged and inspired them to follow the story to learn more about it.

The middle is where a series of events occur that increases the tension with the story. These events allow opportunities for characters to grow as they experience conflicts and learn how to deal with them. Some conflicts may be short-term, but they must never deter characters from the overall crisis that leads to a climax, where characters must face the crisis head on.

The end is where the conflict of the story is resolved. The tone and tension falls quickly, and leaves the author to decide the final result in the story, whether it be good or bad. At this point, the audience begins to except the outcome and accept the result for what it is. However, the author may including a sequence in the story where the ending is left ambiguous or leads to another event that hasn’t been seen by the audience yet. This is known as a cliffhanger that allows the author to create a new story for the main characters.

In summary, a story can be a gateway for people make connections between what can be real to them and what cannot. That said, an author that create a story must first have an understanding between reality and fiction. From there, the author can use any subject or theme and make it come to life with his or her own imagination and allows the audience to determine if that imagination can be worthy of an interesting story.