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Topic: Timing a factor in story telling
Message: Posted by: sinnead zenun (Sep 11, 2005 01:51AM)
When telling a story timing is important... too long might get your audience bored and lost their attention and too quick might not have much emotional impact and might lost the feeling or thrill.

anybody knows a good reference for studying more factors and aspect in the art of storytelling? of course we have bizarre books that discuss effects and routines.any book that might be discussing more about the delivery of the story, the timing, facial expression, voice modulation etc...

Message: Posted by: Magickman (Sep 11, 2005 10:50AM)
For that I would go to a book on theater and drama.

Message: Posted by: sinnead zenun (Sep 11, 2005 09:18PM)
Hi magickman... do you have any book about these?
or any book to recommend...
Message: Posted by: Chiromancer (Sep 12, 2005 10:47AM)
There are so many books availible on "theatre" that to start nameing them would almost be senseless. However it sounds like you may be heading more towards the feild of acting with this question. After all it is the charcter of the story teller that intrigues the audience. If they emotionally invested in you they will listen about what you are saying.

personal opinion about acting theary would be to look for works by Sanford Meisner. Meisners approach to acting is very organic, and may well lead you to a good place.
Message: Posted by: P.T. Murphy (Sep 12, 2005 11:27AM)

READING about acting is like tap dancing about architecture...it is kind of pointless. Acting is something that has to be done to be understood. Storytelling is acting. Good acting is living truthfully from moment to moment under imaginary circumstances. If you can tell your tale, sincerely, your audience will go along for the ride. Sandford Meisner is an EXCELLENT place to start for all performers who are looking for an organic, HONEST approach to their performance. I am not sure what area you live in. But I would suggest finding a good acting teacher, take an acting class and pay attention to how the script informs the actor. Learn about scripting your material. Look at the plays of David Mamet, Arther Miller, Sam Shepard. Mamet is a master of telling the tale with few words. Shepard is a master of imagery. Miller is a master of relationships. If you are lucky you will find that you take to acting...then you will have another mode of expression...one that is challenging and a great deal of fun. Good luck!
Message: Posted by: calexa (Sep 12, 2005 12:18PM)
I couldnīt say it better. You have to perform to get the experience.

Message: Posted by: Clifford the Red (Sep 12, 2005 12:43PM)
Take an acting class or workshop. Get a director to evaluate your performance and give..well...direction!

A long story can be boring if you are boring. Plays are long stories, and some are told by one person who holds people enthralled for 2 hours.

There are associations of storytellers that may also have information on the art of storytelling in particular.

Message: Posted by: ptbeast (Sep 12, 2005 03:16PM)
While acting and storytelling are closely allied arts, I don't think
that being good at one necessarily makes you good at the other. In
other words, while I would certainly encourage you to work on your acting
skills, if you want to improve your storytelling, then focus on that
separately. While they are hard to find, storytelling workshops are
occasionally available. I would highly suggest seeking out professional
storytellers and watching them perform. Note how they use gestures, voice
modulation, and imagery to bring a story to life.

The one book that I would recommend on the subject is Improving Your Storytelling: Beyond the Basics for All Who Tell Stories in Work or Play
by Doug Lipman. It is not really for the beginner, but if you perform
bizarre magic, I suspect you have been telling stories for a while as well.

Lastly, like magic, the best way to improve it to do it. Get out there
and tell stories. Then, some dark night, when the conditions are right, you'll
start to get the kind of complaints from parents that I got last week. Seems
that a number of young teens couldn't sleep after spending an hour around
the bonfire with me. I take that as the highest form of complement. Bwahaha.

Teller of tall tales