Looking for storytelling ideas?
Simply look to what happens during any ordinary days.
The “what happened” is the content of the story.
Now, give it a meaning.
Why should your audience pay attention? That’s your context.
Next, consider what response you want to evoke with your story.
that’s why the reader/listener should care, which is the hook that gets people involved.
Then, you want to give direction to the story.
That’s the call to action.
There are 4 elements of good storytelling:
- Call to action
Think of this as the “$ Cs Storytelling Template”. Storytelling Templates are easy to follow storytelling recipes so that you can tell a great story every time.
Storytelling ideas are everywhere!
Here is an example.
In the animal kingdom, “natural enemies” sometimes become close friends.
My retired guide dog Molly was sprawled out relaxing. Trippy, who she considers to be her pet cat, came up, meowing a greeting. Trippy then rubbed her cheek against Molly’s. Molly then licked Trippy and nuzzled her companionably.
What fun it was to watch them, and I found myself thinking, animals who shouldn’t get along find ways to understand each other all the time. Why do humans have such trouble with this?
Animals live in NOW. It is humans who tend to spend more time with our heads in the “then and when” rather than the “here and now.”
This is a good lesson from our animal brethren…”Be friends, and BE HERE NOW.”
Animals are also practical. Trippy and Molly exchanged comfort and affection. Perhaps Trippy felt Molly needed a little love and gave it to her. Another good lesson from animals.
What a lovely moment of peace and understanding these two supposed natural enemies shared.
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Storytelling Ideas: Turn Everyday Events into Stories