In order to engage children with my stories written or spoken, I need to create stories that encourage listening. With these stories I hope that children will learn new and wonderful words. If I create a story that revolves around another world they can learn from that as well. I want to get their imaginations flowing and get responses that peak their curiosity for learning. I make every effort to use all five senses in my writing. I attempt to create characters children can relate to, as well as, be inspired by. Telling a story opens a door to so many possibilities and encourages reading. I love being a writer.
Rachel Mork, at http://www.123life.com, wrote an article that sums up simple techniques every writer can use.
Effective Storytelling Techniques
When you use effective storytelling techniques you can turn a tame story into a fantastic experience. Storytelling is fun for children and adults alike, especially if you take the time to create the proper mood and setting. You can learn storytelling by watching an experienced storyteller or just practice on your own. Try some of these storytelling techniques to enhance your own stories.
- Set the Mood: Stories are best received when they are told in a unique setting. Try telling stories around a campfire, in a dark room with flashlights, nightlights or candles or out on a blanket by the light of the moon. Children and adults alike will get into the story more if you set up the storytelling as an event. Setting the mood builds the anticipation.
- Set up the Story: Before you launch into telling the actual story, you’ll want to set up your audience to know what to expect. If you are telling a funny story, you’ll want to start out with some good-natured joking about the story. If you’re telling a spooky story, you’ll want to joke about creepy-crawly types of things or about how you hope this story doesn’t scare the kids too much. Have fun with your introduction. Look up jokes if you’re not good at ad libbing. Again, the point here is to build the anticipation.
- Storytelling Games (drama-in-ecce.com)
- Reading For Writing. (carlpeters.wordpress.com)
- Here’s How to “Show, Don’t Tell” (catherineburr.com)