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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by baileyxx on Monday August 29, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to TCF 100 at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa taught by Dr. Kristen Warner in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 34 views.
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Date Created: 08/29/16
Week 2 Reading 8/24/16▯ ▯ Chang & Aacker▯ How to Tell a Story▯ ▯ How to Tell a Story ▯ • learning how can help one connect to their audience▯ ▯ The Elements of Storytelling▯ • For story to have an impact must know ▯ - who the audience is▯ - what the meaning / goal of the story is▯ ▯ Characters▯ • interact and inﬂuence all parts of the story▯ • readers get feelings when character is brought to life▯ • audience wants protagonist to reach goal▯ • essential to locate & communicate desires w/ audience in an understandable way▯ • character traits▯ - must be distinct▯ - non-stereotypical qualities make the character more interesting▯ ▯ Plot▯ • moves story along▯ • events should keep audience engaged & eager for the next sequence▯ • a well thought out plot includes the key thing the story is about▯ - “Major Dramatic Question”▯ - audience wants to know the answer▯ • Protagonist & their goal (answer to ?+ conﬂict interfering w / goal = plot▯ ▯ Storytelling Arcs▯ • arc▯ - shape of story / what keeps plot together▯ • classical design▯ - built around protagonist & their desires w / ending of irreversible change▯ - must have beginning, middle, and end▯ • beginning▯ - quick▯ - must give reader a feel for the action▯ - establish dramatic question▯ - ▯ • middle▯ - majority of story▯ - where protagonists goal / desires are blocked▯ - biggest obstacle creates unbalances forces for protagonist▯ - gets audience attention▯ - can’t occur too early / too late in story▯ end▯ • - shortest part▯ - plays needed role▯ - save best for last▯ • 3 c’s▯ - crisis▯ - tension is maxed out▯ - climax▯ - breaking point▯ - dramatic▯ - questions mostly answered▯ - consequences▯ - how they’re handled▯ ▯ Point of View▯ • perspective story is told in▯ - 1st person▯ - narrated by character (protagonist)▯ - nothing in-between audience and speaker▯ - audience feels connected▯ - limited to narrator’s perspective▯ - 2nd person▯ - draws audience into story▯ - 3rd person▯ - single / multiple vision▯ - info shared from mind of one or more characters▯ - omniscient▯ - narrator has an all-knowing conscious▯ - most informative & descriptive for reader▯ ▯ Show, Don’t Tell▯ • stories are communicated visually▯ - best stories show details & give inspire to a characters life▯ • also bring audience into story through sensory descriptions▯ - sounds, smell, etc.▯ avoid cliché descriptions▯ • • learn more about settings to describe them uniquely ▯ ▯ Setting▯ place / world story is in▯ • • must create a “knowable world” for audience▯ • 4 dimensions▯ - period▯ - time period story is in▯ - duration▯ - stories span within lives of characters▯ - location▯ - place in space▯ - level of conﬂict▯ - stories position in the hierarchy of human struggles▯ ▯ Theme▯ • what the story is about / message▯ • “controlling idea”▯ • the stores raw meaning▯ • main focus of the story can’t be theme▯ • a good theme is▯ - simple▯ - personal▯ ▯ Finding Stories▯ how to ﬁnd a story▯ • - ask questions▯ - create a storybook▯ - put problems upfront and show how they are overcome▯ ▯ A Storytelling Template▯ • story = situation(desire) obstacles + outcome▯ ▯