My three year-old son made up a story about traveling to New York to visit his cousins Ari and Zoe. If you listen closely, it actually many of the all of the elements of an excellent story.
- The story is concise.
- The story is simple,.
- It contains mystery and genuine surprise (critical for creating an emotional response in your listener)
- The story continually flips on itself. Instead of an "and then and then and then..." story, Charlie tells a "but and therefore" story, which is always better.
He's a little young for The Moth, and he's still a little rough around the edges, but he's a hell of a lot closer to being an excellent storyteller than I ever expected.