August 19, 2001
Greetings once again fellow adventurers. For my
delay in speaking with you this week, I hope you will accept my humble apologies.
Back to Tale-telling we venture today. Some more tips to make your
tale come alive in the minds of your listeners.
Ensure you set the scene
to begin.... ' The
snow flakes were falling and the wind icy as we set forth from the
Havens. My companions numbered three, an noble elven healer, a mighty
dwarven warrior (scared of nothing was he) and another Elven mage, much
likened to myself. The dawn was nigh breaking as we rode through the
gates. We waited anxiously for day, for reports were on the wind of
terrible evil ones lurking along our paths.........' and so would
continue the tale.
- Speak always in the first
person if you were involved in the tale at any stage (i.e. use
I, we, us). If you weren't involved in the story tell the tale using the
speech that will draw your friends in most effectively. One way is to
speak as though your audience was watching the scenes unfold (i.e. use
phrases such as 'You see the man come towards you' .. ensure you use
present tense for this type of tale, you can't tell a person what they
have seen in the past but you can direct their
imaginations in the present). Some people are drawn in more by
assuming you were watching from afar (i.e. use phrases such as 'They
did this and that'.. most fiction is written this way and it works for
Tales too. Note that you need to decide whether you know of all things
happening in other parts of the world or whether you follow only a small
group of people, oblivious to other events.
- Make pauses in your dialogue
. People will always wonder what will happen next. Though don't
take too many or too long a pause or you may not
have such a keen audience for your next tale.
- Use emotes and actions to show your feelings at
appropriate times. For example. I may tell the events of a gruesome
defeat where a friend was slaughtered. I will always take the time
between lines of words to show my grief..... emote bows her head
recapturing the awful scene. Tears well in her eyes and trickle gently
down her cheeks.
- Please be sure to finish your
tale . If time is limited, tell an
edited version or wait for another more relaxed time. There are few
things more frustrating than an unfinished tale.
Now you have all the ideas I know for transfixing your audience as you
tell your tale. Take the time to share with some
friends an adventure in this way. Remember to log it and post it here
so we can all enjoy it. Or send it
to me at firstname.lastname@example.org nd I
may add it here. Next time I hope to write something on role-playing in
Battle. Please send your ideas through for this too!
Fare ye well,