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May 18th, 2013 by shashankji

On Storytelling

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”
― Terry Pratchett

Stories are a subjective breed. Only a handful can claim to be universally liked. And fewer still can claim to be original. Some may even claim that there are no stories left to tell anymore.

I have wondered what are the hallmarks of a compelling story. Can a certain genre be considered superior or is the quality of a story independent of what tone it is written in? Like I said, a lot of it is subjective. But the ones everyone can respect are the ones that are honest and told with all your heart.

If you are invested in a story, it shows. You are passionate about how it unfolds, you nitpick on the details, try to gather attention of your audience and most of all, your audience can tell how much it means to you. Visual communication is merely an extension of the time honored art of storytelling. Only the campfire circles are replaced by a television screen and a camera. The content of your story may please everyone or maybe it won't. Like I said, its extremely subjective. But if you do it earnestly and with all your heart, you will definitely win your audience's respect.

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