Do you like to read stories? What kind of stories do you like to read? Or are you a storyteller? What techniques do you follow to keep your readers enthralled with your story?
A story’s success depends on its details. The more descriptive and intricate the details are, the more interesting and engaging the story gets. A storyteller always finds something new and captivating. They do their best to put it into words and sentences in order to let their readers experience what they had experienced at that moment.
Providing details can be easy for those who know the vocabulary required to describe the context. The first thing that you need to know would be the names of the things, people, animals, birds, plants and everything else you find. Basically, you need to know the noun which specify or represent the object, sound or feeling. The only way to find out these words is through constant research and reading as many books as you can find related to the context of your story.
Knowing that your dish has lettuce, jalapenos, olives, onions, capsicum, pickles, and roasted chicken strips will help you give your reader a perfect picture of what your favourite dish is and what it tastes like. Similarly, using the right verb is also vital to make your story vivid and riveting. If you look up the dictionary, you will find that there are multiple words referring to the way you take a walk or even breathe. For example—stroll means a slow walk for pleasure, stride means to walk with long steps because you are confident or determined, trod means to walk slowly in a tired or heavy manner, pant means to breathe heavily mostly after running or since it is too hot, gasp means to take loud breaths with your mouth open, and wheeze means to breathe noisily mostly due to some chronic illness. Once you know the nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs to use, you have to put them in the right places so that it makes sense and would be clear enough for the readers to understand.
If you are thinking of writing a story, here are some tips to help you out.
- Pay attention to even the smallest of details around you. Sometimes they can become a vital part of the story.
- Jot every thought down. You do not know which thought or idea would or would not make your story a little more interesting.
- As you write your story or even after you finish it, ask questions and fill in with whatever is missing.
- Make sure you have a framework for your story. See to it that you have all the elements a story should possess – plot, characters, point of view, theme, setting, conflict and resolution.
- Edit and re-edit if necessary. Do not consider your very first draft as your final one. Revision can make your story better than you think but be sure you do not make any unnecessary corrections or changes.
There you go. That is your story. What are you waiting for? Give your readers an experience of a lifetime.