Our resident storytelling expert, for more than forty years (really!) Vivian Dubrovin has been telling stories and helping kids like you learn to create and tell. She has taught online courses, visited kids in classrooms, and published books, e-books and online help for young storytellers.
What she most enjoys doing is telling stories, and helping others learn to create and tell. Here in her loft you'll find some of her helpful advice, and answers to a common storytelling question. And if she ever has more to say, you'll find it here.
Make A Craft To Help You Tell A Story
So you could buy a fancy prop from a store, but if you make a craft–even a very simple one like a folded paper box, a stick wrapped with ribbons, or a fabric marionette–you begin becoming a storyteller.
Through many years of helping kids learn to create and tell stories, Vivian has heard many questions, and often the same questions from many young storytellers. You might have some of those same questions, too. Here you'll find Vivian's answers.
Q: How do I know if my story has a good ending?
A: The ending must solve the main character's problem in the story. So the ending is the opposite of the beginning. Remember, the magic word: “why.” Why does the character have a problem? The more you can answer this question, the better your story will be and the better the ending.
- Sometimes a story is the best way to answer a question. Do you see how this story outline shows the ending solution to the beginning problem?
- Rita's club is going horseback riding, but Rita is afraid of horses. So Rita brings her camera to take pictures of others so she won't have to get on a horse. Everyone thinks the pictures are a great idea, and that she should have one of herself, too. So they help her onto a horse, hold onto it and crowd around her, holding her tightly in the middle for a group photo. With everyone around her she isn't afraid. She later posts that picture as proof how she was brave enough to get on a horse.
- If you know your character, the problem, and why it's a problem, the ending will become obvious.