Chapter 9. Telling a Good Story

Once upon a time—these few words can stop a frustrated child from screaming, prevent an unruly group of students from creating havoc, and change an entire nation’s perspective. Humans are hard-wired for storytelling, spending much of their waking time engrossed in stories, including those on the Web and in books, movies, games, radio programs, business presentations, speeches, and casual conversations.

Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, the ability to tell a good story is a skill you want to cultivate. This chapter explores:

What makes a good story

Refining your senses

Starting stories with a hook

• Structuring your story

What Makes a Good Story?

Ask 100 people what makes a good story, and you’ll ...

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