In the home stretch – day 12 of Live Better In 14 Days With Pen And Paper.
So why fiction? Because often we need to tell a story. I’m not just talking about copywriters selling you new soap, I’m also talking about students selling the professor on why they need a makeup exam. Or your potential mate/lover/boss/financier on why they should pick you over the rest. A lot of effective communication involves telling a good story.
A good way to learn to tell a good story is to tell them. Start with a short one. It doesn’t have to be a classic tale. In fact, the stranger and the goofier, the better. It’s also fun.
You don’t need a complicated story with lots of plot twists or characters. Shoot for a page or so in length. A novelist would call it an outline, but it’s a complete story in brief. It doesn’t have to be about anyone or anything you know, but it can be. It’s fiction. That means made up, so make something up.
It does have to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. A conflict arises, the conflict is experienced, the conflict is resolved.