People who work in media are, for the most part, storytellers. Whether we are writing a print news story, a novel, a children's book, a non-fiction book, a commercial, a song, a comedy skit, etc., we are telling stories in some form or another. We are storytellers.
What are the common components of a story?
- Writer of story
- Characters in story - hero, villain, etc.
- Setting(s) - where the story happens
- Plot - what happens in the story
- Conflict - internal or external
- Dialogue - what the characters say
- Exposition - information about character, setting, etc.
- Premise - what is it about
- A moral or theme - the lesson of the story
Does a novel have all of these components? A children's book? A print news story? You may not call it "plot" in a print news story, but it is there. What about a song or a commercial?
Do you see the story components in this trailer of the film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are?
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