Writing 08 - Write a Story
How do we go about writing a good story? All of us, during our childhood, must have listened to our mothers and grandmothers telling us stories. We have also learnt about stories in our Upper Primary English classes. Stories are as old as humanity and in the early years stories were told orally and passed on down the generations, which is still followed by our mothers and grandmothers today.
Stories are basically instruments through which we can inform people about certain things such as morals and good habits. Through telling stories we can persuade people to follow a certain path. With our writing we can also entertain people. Again, through stories we can educate people just as our teachers do in school.
Stories are so powerful that a difficult concept which runs into pages can be explained by a simple story told in a commonsensical way that is easily understood by the reader or listener - and what is more the reader or listener retains the concept much better when told in the form of a story.
Just as in any creative activity, stories can be written by almost anyone with a certain amount of imagination and felicity with words. A good story can be in the form of fairytales with an underlying message, or they may depict history. Good stories can be about people, places, events, incidents and animals or imaginary people or even aliens!
The nature of story telling has remained the same for many centuries, whereas the medium through which stories are told has changed and newer methods of conveying the same have been added. In the earlier times stories were oral and when printing became the byword written stories took over. With the advent of the radio and other electronic media stories took on a new avatar and spread their wings to people who could not read or write. The Internet, with its power, is adding a new dimension to storytelling.
Anyone can write a story but it is good to learn some basics of story writing and by taking the quiz that follows you can learn a few tricks that would help you to write a good story.