tell us a story
weekly prompt #6
Tell a story
Today is National Tell A Story Day and as that is the case, we thought we should all tell a little story. Whether you write a series of hellokoos or break form for this prompt, it is entirely up to you. Try and make it a true story about you or your friends or family but dress it in novel techniques and exaggerate the main points to their furthest extent. We are going to read all of your stories next week on an Instagram live. If you don’t want us to read yours, that is okay, just leave a little note at the bottom of your story. We can’t wait to read them to the hellokoo community.
Some techniques often used in novel writing include:
Red Herring - diverting the readers attention away from an important item or disguising something innocent as guilty
Foreshadowing - a warning of a future event. Subtly suggesting how a story may end long before it is meant to. For example, a character might be to scared to jump off a diving board and it has negative consequences and later on, she might be in a life or death situation requiring a large leap.
In medias res - Begining your story in the middle. This is done often in flash fiction writing due to the space you have.
Backstory - Give backstory details on things that are relevant and important to the story
Cliffhanger - Leaving the plot unresolved. Letting the reader use their imagination to figure out what might have happened.
There are dozens of techniques people use. Style also comes into play. Alliteration and overstatement for example.
Short story collections to try out
Stories that go the extra mile
Stay with us here. S is a book borrowed from a library by two people. It has the book text as well as a story in the margins that is a conversation between two people. It also features extra elements like postcards, decoders and newspaper clippings. It is a lot to process and get through but if you’re thinking of something different, this is the place to go.
House of leaves is also more than one story. It is the documentation of a movie inside of a diary with commentary at the bottom of the page. It is wild and not for the faint hearted. It falls into the horror category and is one of a kind.
Bringing it back to haiku
Genny Chen and her summarising of novels as haikus. You can check out the full thing HERE and below is an example of her work. Maybe we could try this too.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
A factory tour
Goes terribly wrong because
Children are awful