Once upon a time…..isn’t that how most stories begin? When you are telling your story, do you know who you’re talking to? Do you know how they understand and relate to what you are saying? If you don’t then perhaps you need to take a good look at what and how your story is perceived.
I work a lot with seniors and needless to say, calling them seniors doesn’t always go over well. In my work community, the senior age is 55. Now how many of you consider yourself a senior at that age? And if you are that age, would you like to be called a senior? Is older adult any better?
Learning how to speak and communicate in a way that you can get your message across is paramount to storytelling. What do you want your audience to know? Who is your audience? How do you want them to react to your story? These are just some questions you need to answer when writing your story.
No matter the subject, you need to get your message across as efficiently as possible. Catch the readers attention as quickly as possible or at least within the first few sentences. Try to leave them wanting more or at the very least, wanting to take action towards something.
Storytelling comes easy to some people and not so much to others. I myself find it easier with a subject I’m passionate about. Could you write about a passion you have?
So, what’s stopping you? Pick up your pencil and tell me your once upon a time.