How to Tell Great Stories

how to tell a great story

Exposition: Allow the audience to get to know the storyteller The purpose of the exposition is to give the audience a chance to care about and invest in the storyteller. Here are some questions to ask:

• Where did they come from?

• How did they get to be the way they are?

• What is their deepest passion?

• What do they long for more than anything else in the world?

Inciting Incident: Where the story begins Try to find a moment when things changed for the storyteller from being normal to becoming complicated. The thing that he or she longed for was taken away, which sent the individual on a journey where his or her life was turned upside down.

Progressive Complications: Building tension This is where the storyteller tries to fix things but the situation just gets worse. Look for about three complications.

Crisis/Climax: Maximum tension This is the fork-in-the-road moment where the storyteller makes the decision to change.

Resolution: Releases the tension The conflict is resolved and the tension is released.

Moral of the Story: The lesson Ask, what do you know about God today that you did not know before?

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