Storytelling 1 – Beginner – All you need to write stories

Storytelling - 1. Essentials
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How to write a story

This tutorial explains what a plot, a character and a narrative structure are and how to build them, then how to add a layer of drama effects over it.

Designed and written for the beginners and the curious, it presents simply and clearly the basic knowledge one needs to analyze or write stories, in any media, any art, any size, any style, in scriptwriting, screenwriting, playwriting, songwriting…

The tutorial Storytelling – Introduction gives you free samples of what this Storytelling 1 – Beginner tutorial is providing you in a much more developed version.

If you need to make more complex stories or to get to know more about working with plots and characters you can continue reading Storytelling 2 – Advanced aimed at experienced artists then Storytelling 3 – Expert aimed at professional users in analysis, critique and creation.

Table of Contents

1. The Plot

1. Why learning?

  • Everybody tells
  • Towards pro, complex stories
  • Learn the rules, mix them, break them!
  • Telling: a human basic need
  • Stories to share, understand, plan…
  • Everything is tellable

2. What is a story?

  • Story is dynamics
  • Story is told to an audience
  • Story generates a message
  • Story is performative
  • What storytelling can do
  • Stories = plots and characters

3. How to write actions?

  • Definitions
  • The standard plot structure

2. The Characters

1. How to build the main character?

  • The royal way to the audience
  • Identification: our main tool
  • Opposition: our main rule
  • Heroes and Enemies
  • What is a character made of?
  • Functional zones
  • Functional properties
  • Goal (and subgoals)
  • Motivations
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Theme properties
  • Examples of character properties
  • Analysis: „Road runner“

2. How to build characters sets?

  • Functional roles and character Sets
  • The standard set of characters
  • Examples of sets of characters
  • How to develop characters?

3. Multiple plot stories

  • How to mix and arrange plots to create narrative architectures
  • From simple plots to complex plots
  • Parallel / interlaced plots
  • Crossed plots
  • Factorial plots
  • Included plots
  • Series of plots
  • Plot structures: make yours!
  • The problem of transitions
  • Contrast and harmony
  • How to build a plot structure?

4. Drama effects

1. How to improve the telling with effects

  • General principles

2. How to distribute information among the characters

3. A few special effects and tricks to be applied to your plots

  • Effects and Tricks
  • Distribute information and make effects

Enjoy your reading !

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