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What is storytelling?

Let's break down and understand the storytelling first.

Let’s have a look at the concepts of story and telling as this is a significant point.

A story involves people sharing information about who did what. It can be just one line, with an elementary structure. Most people typically say that the most central elements in a story are its background, characters, and action. It was Aristotle who provided this direction. We should consider this when viewing the backdrop in which the story occurs, who the protagonist is and what his or her goals are, and what actions he or she displays. Therefore it stands that the crucial elements are background, character, and plot. These three elements are fundamental for a story to emerge.

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