The Story in the Telling

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Infographic courtesy of ABCcopywriting.com

The ABC is no stranger to storytelling, and with their article “What really makes a good story?“, Tom Albrighton is here to share their long experience with you.

Let’s break it down shall we?

Drama

Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wonder what on Earth that character was thinking. Make them sweat, make them groan, make them crave to turn the page to find out what happens next! Or, as Rachael Scheller from Writer’s Digest says, Tighten the Tension!

Relatability 

Reese Floyd-Thompson has four ways to make your story more relatable, and she shares them here at Make a Living Writing.

Immersion 

Closely related to relatability (see what I did there?), Immersion is one of the most important aspects of a good story. If you feel like you’re there, standing next to the character, experiencing what they experience, feeling what they feel.. you will remember that story. Kristen Lamb shares her experiences with editing in her blog post.

Simplicity

All the strength is in simplicity. All the weakness is in complexity.

— Dave Trott

Katya Andreson has some more tips on keeping it simple and writing a persuasive story in her LinkedIn post.

Agency

Or the art of showing, not telling, and letting the reader work it out for themselves. Mary Jaksch helps us out here

Familiarity 

Unfortunately, Familiarity between the reader and the author is not something you can engineer. But it is something you can build. Social media is a great tool to make readers feel you’re just another person like them, someone relatable who they can talk to and understand. Use it! Lara Quinn has something to say about increasing your social media fanbase.

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