Three Tips for Summer Storytelling Practice

You need not be sitting at a computer, or a typewriter, or even at a desk to be developing your storytelling skills. Telling stories aloud is a great way to develop as a writer and storyteller. Whether you tell stories with the children in your life, or share stories with other adults, these tips will get you started and keep you going all summer long.

1.Think up a character, and give the character a name. It could be based on yourself, or someone you know, or wish you knew. It could be completely made up. Just by coming up with a character and a name you are on your way to telling a story.

Character

2. Think of a problem for the character, or something that the character wants, but cannot have. Then tell what the character would do to solve the problem. At first you might use very simple transitional phrases to link the parts of your story: “First… then… next… after… finally…” It may help to tell the story “across your fingers,” literally touching one finger for each part of the story. With practice, you might find that your story flows from one event to the next more naturally.

First Then Next

3. Finally, try telling a series of stories with the same character. You might find that with each story, you develop a better sense of the character’s personality, and recurring themes and questions will start to emerge. Before you know it you’ll feel like a pro!

Many StoriesPractice storytelling every chance you get—storytelling is perfect for dinner time, parties, putting the kids to bed, conversations in the car. If you practice all summer long, just think of the stories you’ll have for next year’s writing workshop!