Building Communication and Creativity

The story telling process helps individuals to build communication skills when learning how to write effective stories. There are many skills storytellers must learn in order to create an effective story. Storytellers must learn to create a story by using story structure. This structure divides the story into three parts which the teller of the story must master in order to tell it effectively (more on this in the Story Construction section). They must be able to identify their audience and create their story in order to have it be heard by this specific group of people. This means storytellers must learn about their audience and how to craft their story around this audience. They must learn the elements of an effective story such as the climax, intriguing situations, unexpected twists and memorable endings. The storyteller must also learn how to effectively show their emotion and show tension in the story. In order to tell an effective story the audience must understand the storyteller’s emotion throughout the story. All these considerations must be taken into thought when creating a story. Once these lessons are learned, those who have mastered them become great oral communicators.

Those who have mastered effective story creation are better able to comprehend, predict and construct narratives. They have higher vocabulary development and have a better understanding about content information and literature. They also have an increased ability to structure and understand written and oral narratives. Storytelling has positive effects on oral and written communication.

Creating and sharing digital stories encourages artistic self-expression. This can inspire the individual to realize change and transformation. Healthiness comes from the multiple ways the storyteller is thinking in order to express their story. The storytelling process helps people reflect to position themselves and their experiences within the context of their stories. They understand how to express their stories and share them effectively in story circles. They understand technology and choose voice or music that effectively fit to express the story, making the story more meaningful and personal to them. This means thinking about how music represents and expresses different moods. The writer of the story must learn to create and portray empathy for their characters in the story. These different elements help to encourage self expression within the digital story.

For more information on this topic please see:

Crane, Beverley. “Digital Storytelling Changes the Way We Write Stories.” Information Searcher 18 1 (2008): 1, 3-9, 35.

Values and Principles of Storytelling: http://www.storycenter.org/principles.html

Haven, Kendall F. Story Proof: the Science behind the Startling Power of Story. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

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