Story Writing Principles

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  • Story Writing Principles
  • Why Stories
  • Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. Luke 18:1
  • Why Stories..?
    • An article in the NY Times said, Researchers have found that the human brain has a natural affinity for narrative construction . People tend to remember facts more accurately if they encounter them in a story rather than in a list, studies find; and they rate legal arguments more convincing when built into narrative tales rather than on legal precedent.
    • Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.
    • - Robert McAfee
    • Stories incite emotion
    • Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger. Ben Okri
    • Keeping our partners informed
    • Inspire giving
    • Impact of their partnership
    • Accountability
    • Report Management (Quarterly Reports)
    • Highlight your ministry
    Why Stories..?
  • Stories Where are they?
    • To be a person is to have a story to tell.
    • Isak Dinesen
    Every person has a story!
  • Principles of Story Writing
  • BUILD your character
    • Why is the character in the story?
    • What does he want?
    • Where does this person hurt?
  • DEEPEN their struggles
    • Your entire story pivots upon the struggle of your main character and what he is trying to achieve, overcome or accomplish
    • Use both conflict and struggles
    • Make the struggles more personal, emotionally charged and difficult to overcome
  • HINT at their emotions
    • Show emotion through action, dialogue and body language
    • Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story. F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • SHOW their discoveries
    • A story is transformation unveiled Steven James
    • Clarify their discoveries
  • COMPLICATE their choices
    • Easy choices make weak stories
    • Accentuate moments of decision and illumination in your story