A Good Kind of Narrative in Storytelling

Try engaging your friend in a conversational tone about anything under the sun, be it about the latest movie you’ve watched, silly encounters on your way elsewhere, or weird, whimsical thoughts on your idle time, and you’ll realize once you get the hang of it, you can’t stop chattering. Now this time, try to put the situation in a different manner. Instead of conversing with a friend, think of a stranger whom you would share­ the same story, and this time, in written form.

Sounds challenging, right?

If only words could easily fall like sweat drops from the forehead, and magically write itself on the paper, wouldn’t life be easier?

Talking is easier, since you can establish right then and there the connection, and can easily adjust as the conversation takes on different levels. In writing however, to establish connection, one needs to provide a context, a flashy, engaging, yet conversational one, in order to hook readers and keep them reading until the last period. It’s called a narrative.

To ambiguously define a good narrative is like finding the right hymn to a song that soothes and relaxes you, and makes you carry on reading the material; or it can be a universal solvent to any substance that needs to be ingested with much gusto.

Narratives are important since it’s a question of how one is going to engage readers. Sure, the content may be good but if not applied with the right kind of narrative, no one might bother reading it. No one wants to read a stiff, sloppy, boring material. Readers read to be entertained, so how does one put on a show and unleash the inner star within to conquer every written word there is? KISS to stupefy them, then, expound further.

Keep it short and simple to stupefy them, then expound further.

To expound is to add little details to the story. Try incorporating the show, not tellconcept. Go back to the first paragraph and try to picture out the first scenario. Telling a funny or casual story to a friend is fine, but incorporating it to the second exercise, one should use different words that have universal meanings. Remember that readers can’t see the storyteller, nor does the storyteller can see the reader’s reactions. Adjectives are effective in describing the unseen post.  It can stir and tug emotions. It can’t be seen. But it can be felt.

That’s the thing about narratives. You won’t know if it’s good until you’ve felt it.

So now you know the secret to a good narrative. Go ahead, KISS.