The art of telling a good story is dependent on a number of things.
One of which is the observational skills of the story teller and a good vocabulary of descriptive words.
Another thing that a good wordsmith must be able to do in order to deliver his story with the maximum effect and that is the power of suggestion to the reader or listener.
The wordsmith’s who sat around the fire thousands of years ago know this when telling the stories of their tribe they had to be and the wordsmith’s we’re respected member’s of the tribe.
Using just enough descriptive words and stringing the together in just the right way sets the tone and mood of the story, whether it was somber or comical the right words effective set the mood.
Because words find there place in the mind of the listener the story told by the wordsmith essentially take place in the theatre of the of the listener.
The story well told takes flight in the imagination of the listener and soars to great heights or dives into oblivion if badly told.
Telling the story of a great sea battle of Trafalgar or of England’s fight with the Spanish amada for example but using the wrong descriptive words into a document repeating historic academic work, not using romance to enhance the facts or poetic licence helps.
True you might be told that your work is not 100% accurate but the fact is a story told to hold you audience captive and enraptured by your creation cannot always be 100% historically accurate.
It has been said that the basis of a believable lie it must have certain elements of truth this is also true of a well told story.
The words of the wordsmith need to have just enough elements of truth to be interesting but not enough to boarder on boring.
The romantic elements carry the story to it’s conclusion and a master has done his or her job well.
Stories told after this fashion live forever. Great writer’s have always know this.
Epic writing lasts and lasts for example how many people read Plato? Not many but then how many have read the illiad?
Or who has read the technical manuals of their television sets, But then who has read the weekly TV guide?
WORDS have a power of there own and set the mood and highten the emotional awareness of the reader or listener. Winston Churchill knew this and used this when he made the we will never surrender speech during world war II he used more words that had there roots in pre Norman English to set the mood and mindset that we are England we will prevail.
The maim characters
THE best way to set the main characters both good and bad is to start early in your written description of each with the minimum of words an overly e lo elaborate description with lots of words will kill your story quickly and for good.
A well told story with a few descriptive words capture the readers interest if the reader is really interested in the history of the event they will do their own research.
The only time the above is not true is if you are writing a Shakespearen sonnet.
If the Wordsmith has done has work right his story will live for ever.
Style of writing
Each wordsmith must find his own style and place even though emulation is a comment it also has it’s downside
Development of your style will make you a better writer don’t give up rejection is a hard lesson but it makes you try to be a better author.
Shakespearian nights are more than likely the longest nights in mankind’s history Shakespeare’s style in Macbeth and Julleus Ceaser and Romeo and Juliet one the night before the grand finale ate packed with discussions and events that it seems to go on forever.
Thus endeth the lesson
Write an epic novel live your dream carpet drum.
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