COM0014 – Blog #2: Bing Bang Boom–Story Telling

COM0014 – Blog #2: Bing Bang Boom–Story Telling

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You can do it in whatever style you want, but you need to follow the basics of story telling. You need to be close to them, but not too close. You need a little suspense to lead them in, but not too much to get them lost. Imagine you are sitting by the fire and the audience has your attention.

Bing

The Bing is that initial ringing sound you hear that draws your attention. You know you hear that bing when your head turns, or something pulls you in, to read more. You are by the camp fire with a full moon and you want to tell your audience a blood-curdling story. You want to lead your audience into the story to ensure that you have their full attention. You may start by telling them, “I never told anyone this story about how I came across a dead body.” Or you may not want to tell them the ending right away and start with something alluding like, “I never wanted to know what it felt like to see a dead body.” You may choose to tell your story from the first person, second person, or third person, but the further removed you are from the story the less personal it becomes. You may also consider that you can make it personal in the second and third person by being a party or witness to the story.

Bang

The Bang is that sudden loud noise that makes everyone jump. The body of the story comes to life; just as a dead body in a horror story might awaken. All the surrounding details of how life after death are made possible in the supernatural, may convince the reader of the plausibility. The logic and facts used to convince the audience are just as important as how you convey them through your writing style. Perhaps, you will add that, “the government had been testing human cells in their ability to reverse their state of apoptosis or cell death–as you may have learned in Grade 10 biology.” Anything is possible when you begin to change the audience’s point of view and create the idea of new possibilities.

Boom

The Boom is the final act in the story that finally allows the entire story to come to some kind of conclusion and leaves the audience with some kind of closure or open-ended idea for more possibilities. Using the example of the camp fire horror story, the boom is the part of the story that just shocks the pants off your readers. Assuming the lead was catchy enough and the body was believable, the audience is now waiting for the final verdict–however shocking it might be. The boom needs to follow the same logic as the story and not introduce any new evidence; but more like an unfolding of all the facts. In the end, “behind the gates of the abandoned mine the government had contracted to use the grounds as an experiment to test its new reverse-cell-apoptosis drug on unclaimed bodies with decomposition profiles of less than 10 days.” My uncle worked at the facility as a janitor and was only privy to certain details. What happens to all the successful risen bodies after the story is entirely up to the reader’s imagination. After the story, the reader might even feel compelled to look up the word “apoptosis reversal” even if this is just a story about writing stories. Knowing what your audience expects from your content, making your point of view clear and applying the elements of good form and style, are the fundamentals of telling a story–whether fiction or reality. In view of Blog 2, it was a story about a story for the purpose of writing about writing and whether you believe it to be true or not; it would have left an indelible mark in the deep synapses of your mind.