Elements of Great Storytelling

 


 

 

Creator

The Atlantic

Topic

What’s the Most Important Element of a Good Story?

The ‘it’ factor

You get to hear from some of the most important people involved in story-telling.

Interactivity

Low

Experience level required

None

Duration

3 minutes

Clarity

Medium

Can it be learned in a day?

Yes

 

Our review

Great storytelling is important not just for authors/film-makers but also for social media marketers, content creators, influencers and in fact for all of us in our everyday lives. But how do you get the audience to pay attention to what you have to say? In this video, some of the most renowned authors, writers, film-makers, directors and producers share their thoughts on what makes a story great.

 

Pros:

+ You hear from heavyweights of storytelling

+ Interviewees thoughts are concise

+ Although everyone doesn’t say the same thing – there is a common thread that runs through it

Cons:

– No drastically different opinions – for example why do ‘slice-of-life’ stories work?

– Interviewees are mainly White Americans; diversity would have been more interesting. For example would Chinua Achebe have had the same views on storytelling?

 

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