an interesting story
While it’s true that a lot of short stories are smarter than they are humane, the final act of “A Small Good Thing” delivers a graceful moment of emotional truth: one that will likely stick with you for a while.
And… thanks to the internet, you can hear the author read the story in his peculiar New England accent .
So, a basic story has what Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, came up with 2,000 years ago. It has three consistent things: It talks about place-okay?-it happens in a place; it happens at a time, a certain time; and there are characters involved. And these should be smooth. He talked about how we should have a clear story idea, it happens in time order. So this relates to us today telling a good story. Okay? It should happen at a certain point. We need to know where, okay? Place, setting, similar idea. Which characters do you have in the story? A plot – there’s got to be a reason for telling it: “Is it an unusual story? Is it funny? Is it interesting?” What’s the ending? You don’t want to leave your audience, going: “Oh”, at the end of the story. You’ve got to think: “This story has got to have a good ending.” Okay? Otherwise you leave them with not a very good feeling. Okay.
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A happy person identifies their negative emotion and then they quickly treat it to bring themselves back to their “normal” state, so that they can be at their best for not only themselves but for those around them, too.
- Try starting your narration in the middle of your story. In such a way you will be able to get your readers’ attention fast.
- Return to some key events that happened earlier to shed the light onto the background of the story.
- Lead readers to the culmination of you story with interest and anticipation.
- In the end explain what actually happened.
The story may be presented in the other way:
Regardless of whether you’re writing or speaking, an attention-grabbing introduction is the first key to making sure you’ve hooked your audience—and, this doesn’t mean starting with a cliché “Once up on a time,” or “Well, it was a rainy Tuesday…”
Not convinced? Which one of these sounds more compelling: “A few years ago, I was walking on my college campus…” or “It’s my sophomore year in college, and I’m walking from my afternoon class back to my dorm room…?”