Story Structure

Every story you tell should have a structure to it, a flow, a beginning, middle, and an end. If you spend your time telling stories that are aimless and have no point, you're going to end up boring your audience rather than captivating them.

In the larger scale of things, all stories can be broken down into two parts:

1. Build Up

2. Payoff

The first part of your story is the build up, the second part of your story is the payoff. The build up is necessary to get people interested in hearing about the payoff, and the payoff is what will make your audience feel like the story was worth listening to.

Your story should also have a sense of linear flow and movement. For instance, if you were to make a graphical representation of your overall story, it might look something like this:

A --------------------------------------------------------------------------- B

In this case, you go from the beginning of your story (point A) to the end of your story (point B).

Of course, in between there, you can have a lot of stops on your road from A to B. For instance:

A - you wake up -----you meet a girl ------you two fall in love -----you get married - B

A - You fall in love --- you meet a girl -------you wake up ------you get married - B

The more abstract you get with how you tell a story, the harder it's going to be for your audience to follow it. So always start at the beginning and work your way to the end, expressing events as they happen. You can sometimes stop to explain certain elements of your story, but you always want the sense that you're building up to something relevant to your audience.

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