What are the characteristics of a 'good story'?

I get this question a lot these days: What makes a story a story? Every time I think I know the answer, someone changes the question.

Can you really tell stories in newspapers? Is there a place for storytelling in blogs and on websites? Can you write a good story in 300 words or less? 100 or less? How about 140 characters or less?

Isn't the upside-down-ness of inverted pyramids and blogs and social networks hostile to the one-two-three power of narrative?

I addressed these questions in this week's writing chat and offered some on-the-spot advice on how to turn that inverted pyramid frown upside down. You can replay the chat here ...

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    Roy Peter Clark

    Roy Peter Clark has taught writing at Poynter to students of all ages since 1979. He has served the Institute as its first full-time faculty member, dean, vice-president, and senior scholar.


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