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Part II: Developing Your Story > Summary: Bringing It Together and Making It Wo...

Chapter 9. Summary: Bringing It Together and Making It Work

The elements that will make your story fascinating, fun, and memorable are:

An empathetic hero who is willing to change

In a personal story, that hero is often you.

A person who gets in the hero’s way

Sometimes that person is simply the hero, just as sometimes we get in our own way.

Interesting supporting characters

Depending on your story’s length and complexity, you may want to include a secondary character or two. But do not add too many.

A noteworthy conflict

A good story often has a conflict that is resolved within the story. You do not have to create a dramatic life-and-death conflict. The conflict can be a simple everyday issue.

A specific time period

Let the audience know the time period in which the story takes place—current days, your childhood, or another period.

A believable setting

The more the listener is grounded in where the story takes place, the more the listener can get involved. Help the listener “see” the setting by using concrete details.

A beneficial message

The ideal story changes the listeners and gives them a new way of looking at something.


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