Storytelling: Week 1

Published on Jan 13, 2019

The way someone tells a story can make a big difference in connecting and understand the story. It's art and I want to get better at it. So I decided to take a class that is offered at The Second City, an improv comedy theater & training center. 

Today was the first class and here are some things I learned:

Story Beats 

When you are telling a story, the time it takes to tell is as important as the story itself. You don't want it to be too long or short but at the same time, you need to get the story across with the details.

That is why it is important to have "beats" to the story so you can modify the details according to the time you have to tell. 

Beats are similar to an outline or bullet points. You can take some off depending on when and where you are telling the story.

Brainstorming Tools

When brainstorming ideas, there are two ways one can do it. One is by listing out all the ideas (word vomit) and the other is by clustering like trees and branches where one word leads to another word. 

One tool works for some situations and some people but it's important to recognize what works the best. 

Ending Stories

An ending to a story can vary from one sentence to a paragraph. There is no right way to do it but it's more likely that all stories have an ending. 

Usually, one or two sentences can go a long way to end a story.