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How to Tell a Great Story Paperback – July 4, 2011
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If you are an absolute beginner to storytelling, the 7 easy steps in this book can transform ordinary stories into extraordinary ones. Here's a hint of what you'll discover in this introduction to storytelling:
- Step 1 - Vital Preparation
- Step 2 - Themes of Your Great Story
- Step 3 - The Reasons for Telling Your Great Story
- Step 4 - It's all about the People
- Step 5 - Paint Your Setting
- Step 6 - Join the Dots
- Step 7 - It's All A Matter of Style
- Appendix A - Planning and analysing your research material
- Appendix B - Information for market research
- Appendix C - Character Profiling
- Appendix D - Sample Storyline
- Appendix E - Copyright Issues for Storytellers
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What people are saying about 'How To Tell A Great Story'
- "Whether writing nonfiction or delivering a speech, stories make your point memorable. Audience love stories." Dan Poynter, ParaPublishing.com
- "The most detailed, logical and literary analysis of how to create a memorable story yet. I was fascinated." Joe Vitale, MrFire.com
- While out on book signings, the most asked question is, `How do I go about telling my story?' I always recommend How To Tell A Great Story. Frank Landrey, CoachLandrey.com
- "If you're looking to improve your skills in this area then look no further". Michael Rasmussen, FreeAdvertisingForum.com
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When I first started reading How to Tell A Great Story I thought to myself "I write cookbooks so this book won't pertain to me." Wrong! This is one of the most informative books I've ever read pertaining to writing and that's all forms of writing as well as speaking. By including speaking I want to point out that no matter what your topic, when you stand in front of someone you are a "story teller." Whenever you start a conversation you perform all of the steps of telling a story. You have a theme or topic. There is a purpose in what you are saying and your conversation will have at least one character. How well your conversation, story or presentation is presented is determined by how strongly you emit your theme, purpose and characters. And this is what Aneeta Sundararaj will teach you in her book How to Tell a Great Story. She shows how to effectively make the theme the essence of the story. How to get the purpose of the story across to your audience. How to set up your settings using smell, taste, feelings, hearing and sight. How to build character within your characters. But most importantly she will help you understand `why' you wrote or want to write your story.
This author takes it even further with her explanation of when, how and if you should use slang, swearing and clichés. The use of punctuation - what to use, when and where. And to wrap it all up she supplies the forms that can be used for your research which is a vital part of your writing. No one wants to hear someone talk about a subject that they know nothing about. All-in-all, this is a book that should not only be used by writers of all genres but also as a study book for corporate presentations, teachers of all school ages and maybe a pastor now and then. I write cookbooks but I will be referring back to this for my own writings.
Over the years Aneeta has interviewed many writers and authors on her website and has quoted from these interviews throughout her book to show that the advice she is giving is not only her own, but is also that of other respected and talented people.
When I first read the title of the book I assumed it was only going to be about writing fiction. But I was wrong.
Through the author's eyes anyone who is writing a novel, an essay, or even presenting an oral business report is a story teller, and Aneeta has cleverly woven her own story-telling techniques into many business situations and even sales letter writing projects to demonstrate how just about anyone who wants to communicate verbally or in writing, can benefit from being a great story teller.
The book begins with a page of impressive testimonials from several well-known writers including Dan Poyntner, Joe Vitale and the great Michael Rasmussen. These big names intrigued me right from the start.
The main content of the book is a no-fluff guide that outlines the seven vital steps of telling a great story and explains all the different aspects in detail.
The steps begin with initial preparation and research and then moves through working on themes, settings, plotting, dialogue, and ends with punctuation and grammar.
There is also a useful section called "Things to Avoid" which discusses what you shouldn't include in any great story such as slang, swearing and using clichés.
At the end of the book there are five appendices, four of which are useful templates you can print out to help you write your great story.
The fifth appendix comprises several pages of information about copyright infringement, which contains some really helpful information including exactly how much of a work you can quote from before you infringe on another writer's copyright.
In conclusion I have to say that Aneeta herself is a great story teller and her book is a demonstration of her own unique story-telling gift as well as a helpful and easy-to-read reference guide for anyone who wants to improve their own story telling ability.
How To Tell A Great Story is a comprehensive quickstart guide for new writers. Aneeta provides step by step instructions on how to use powerful storytelling techniques to engage with your audience. Each chapter builds on the previous chapter.
You can use this book as a reference guide to write your first story in seven easy steps. In addition, Aneeta provides valuable additional information in five appendices:
Appendix A - Planning and analysing your research material
Appendix B - Information for market research
Appendix C - Character Profiling
Appendix D - Sample Storyline
Appendix E - Copyright Issues for Storytellers
If you are a new writer, I suggest you read the whole book from cover to cover and then apply the guidelines in each chapter to write your first story. The author also has a website (howtotellagreatstory.com) with tons of valuable information for writers.