Chapter 1

The Elements of Story

An effective story, at its core, has three distinct components: a beginning, a middle, and an end. This allows you to be able to set the time and the place for the story, introduce the level of drama that you need in the story, and bring the story to a natural conclusion.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that your story needs to have a point. It needs to have an overall message that you bring to the viewer, and you can’t do that without having a foundation for how the story is going to begin, how the drama is going to unfold, and what the story’s key takeaway is.

Not designing a story in this manner makes the viewer think to themselves, “What is the point? Why am I listening to (or watching) ...

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