Storytelling Thoughts: A Fresh Perspective

Last Saturday I attended ‘starting with stories 2’ at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (i thoroughly recommend it for anyone interested in developing their storytelling skills).

Throughout the day we were given a number of different tips for developing stories and making them more interesting.

One area that stuck out for me was telling the story from a different perspective.

Our group chose the story of the ‘three little pigs‘ and one of us began telling the story from the part of the narrator (the main way this story is told). About a minute later, the ‘teacher’ rang a bell and the next person in the group had to pick up the story but tell it from the point of view of the pig. Another minute later, I then continued the story from the point of view of the wolf, and so on.

For me, this helped to establish the other characters and also bring a fresh perspective to the story. I’m so used to telling stories from the perspective of the narrator but I found it far more interesting to tell the three little pigs story from the viewpoint of the wolf. It brought new depth to it.

At our Sunday night group, we are sharing the parables of Jesus.

here are links to the story of the sower and the prodigal son.

Both of these stories I’ve told from the narrators point of view but now I want to begin to experiment from different perspectives and see what new things can come out of the story.

Thoughts? Have you had experience of telling any familiar stories from a different angle?

I’ll share some other tips in a later post.


5 responses

  1. I tend to tell my stories from another angle, helps me be more emotional than if I am just narrating. I recently played around with the prodical son and I most like telling it from a house-servants point of view

    1. That sounds really interesting.

      any chance of seeing it?

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  3. Either in the classroom or when giving a presentation, I have recommended to parents to do just that. Take your child’s favorite story (for young children, say 2.5 to 3, maybe 4) that they have had you read 1,000 times, and turn it around. Every detail (they need that). If they laugh, or get all wrinkled up, its a good sign. With older kids you can branch out a bit. Similarly, new studies show Shakespeare did a similar ‘trick’ with his use of nouns, verbs, adjectives by basically using one (a noun) in a different way (as a verb). Commonly. Apparently exposure to this vastly improves a (I think) teen or young adult’s ability to perceive: see answers when solving problems, think outside of the box if you like that American phrase.

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