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Telling Your Story: 3 Styles of Storytelling



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What is it like to tell your story, and how will you let it out? 


In communicating your thoughts and ideas through stories, bear in mind that you can decide how you want to express it in your preferred style. Whether it will be Expository, Descriptive, Narrative, or even Persuasive, what is essential is the message you want to pass across to your audience. Now that you have a clear idea of the possible styles of writing, let us further talk about narrative writing and clear your doubts on this unique writing style. 


The main purpose of narrative writing is to tell a story. We can also say that this style of writing is an insight into events that unfold messages related to music, plays, movies, Etc, and these events are connected one to another to form a well-developed storyline and plot. 


In a narration, the plot unveils the characters, setting, dialogue, resolution, conflict, and how it all unfolds from time to time. Then also, when an author creates different personalities in a storyline or writes from the point of view of one of the characters in the story,(also known as the first person narrative) before telling you what happened to each character, that is another way to identify narrative writing. 

It can involve characters and dialogues. 


Think about it this way, do you remember your favorite movie, and how delighted you were after seeing it? Then, Imagine for a second that none of the events in the movie happened, and all you had was the character walking around on set doing nothing. Would it still be your favorite movie? Now, that is what we are talking about! Every story is expected to give the characters something to react to, and that is where the plots or events become essential.


Narrative writing itself has different styles, and you might be familiar with several of them already, or you probably will be finding out for the first time. However, it is, here are some of them:


  • Screenplays

  • Epic poems and Sagas

  • Fiction Novels

  • Myths and Fables

  • Folk Tale and many more.


Before we expound on some of the styles of storytelling, also known as narrative writing, here is a general example that you can easily relate with:

“The final season of the movie is out,” said Susan


"Wow! Let us take advantage of the free time we have to visit the cinema," replied Micheal as he laced his shoe.


Excitedly, Susan pushed the door open, ready to lead the way to the cinema.


In the above example, it is easy to identify the characters as Susan and Micheal. Secondly, there is a dialogue between both parties and a story in focus, which proves positive that it is narrative. Easy Right? Exactly!


Three Major Styles Of Storytelling


As broad as the subject of narrative writing could be, there are 3 major styles that best encompass the uniqueness of this style of communication. 

There is only one way to find out what they are, and that is by reading further:

  • Fiction

  • Non-Fiction

  • Poetry

  1. FICTION:

When the writer's thoughts and feelings are expressed, as a collection of many events, we can immediately tell that it is fiction. Fiction is written based on imaginative stories/events that did not happen, and crime thrillers, romance, fantasy, science fiction, Etc are some notable features of the fiction genre. Like books, narrative movies can also be interpreted and analyzed. Hence, fiction is often any of the following:


  • Play: A play consists of acts and scenes, and it is a narrative form of writing for theatre. You will find in it tensions, actions, conflicts, and most of all, the dialogue between characters. An example is The famous tragic play titled Macbeth by William Shakespeare.


  • Short Story: it is a work of fiction, with words that fall between 1500 to 30,000. An example is the narration of Cinderella, and if you have seen the movie, you can better understand the narrative style of storytelling.

Other examples of Fiction narrative are Fantasy, Folktale, Novel, etc.


  1. NON-FICTION

If you have had an opportunity to see a non-fiction movie, you will agree that unlike fiction, the story is based on truth and accuracy. While it is true that both of them are a style of narrative writing, non-fiction is in fact, based on facts. Let us look at some of the examples:

  • Autobiography: It is a self-written story of an individual, as told by the individual.Which means that the person still needs to be alive to validate the story.


  • Biography: A good bio should have a detailed description of a person's life. Beyond telling us about the relationships, work, and death, it should contain more information about the individual and his experiences in his life's journey.


Over the years, we have had books and movies on biographies, some of which are Lawrence of Arabia, Bonnie and Clyde, The Elephant Man, The Diary Of A Young Girl, and several others. 


Here are other examples of non-fiction narrative: History, Philosophy, Theories, and Research.

  1. POETRY

Narrative poetry tells unique and captivating stories. Like other forms of storytelling, it also has characters, settings, and plots. This poetry provides a series of events through dialogue and action, and in a case where there is only one speaker, we can liken it to Edgar Allen Poe, “The Raven.”


Epic: It is a long-form of narrative that focuses on the heroic deeds and events of the poet. When it is about adventures and heroic deeds, it is always an epic poet. Examples of poetic narratives are The Epic of Gilgamesh, Illiad, Odyssey, etc.  Other notable forms of poetry are Sonnet and Limerick.


A good story can spark up a reaction, be it sad or happy. It is easy to enjoy a movie that has a captivating storyline and great actors, that is why some of us can still express emotions in an old film we have seen long ago or even a book we have read numerous times. It is like you never want the story to end, and you just can’t get enough of it. That is the power of a good story, and it can be intoxicating ( In a good way).





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