I made a presentation to Cardiff Geek Speak this month and they asked me to put my presentation online. I haven’t put the whole thing here but I have highlighted out one section, which looks at some of the elements that make up…
A great story
E.g. Walking with Maurice by Hanne Jones on the BBC Capture Wales website.
· Starts with one incident and work out from that.
· Has a clear point of view (Hanne’s was a personal take).
· Makes you give a damn – I can’t define how to do this, but I did care for Hanne and her Granddad.
· Has the stepping-stone-effect: when you reach the other bank you can see where you came from and how you got here.
· Is told to be heard, not read.
· Works well even without visuals; would be a great radio piece.
· Is just long enough.
· Plants mystery bombs (“I found my soulmate” – who is that?)
· Explodes each mystery bomb, when it’s time (“Maurice is not just my special friend; he is also my Granddad.”)
· Reveals surprises: “we take time to walk slowly”
· Has swoops of scale: zooms the imagination out from a teardrop at the corner of an eye to a sweeping forest vista.
· Has swoops of emotion: “cries whan he’s happy … and when he’s sad”
· May have swoops of time: Hanne aged 5, 15, 25, in the future, and then back again.
· Sometimes has swoops of place: the forest, the garden swing, heaven …
Photo by Paul Sullivan.