A powerful storyteller doesn’t start aimlessly writing their story. They start with questions for themselves which follows with them to answering questions for audiences. Each one of us has a story to tell, the real question is how you are going to tell it. What follows is generally solutions and fulfillment for both the reader and the writers. Here are 5 questions that work to find that story.

How am I inventing my story?

In order to be a powerful storyteller, I need to know my own story. I need to know how to visualize my story in ways that hook readers but also hook myself. My story needs to captivate myself as an audience first. I am telling my story through words to somebody else, my readers. What are you doing to invent your story through captivating eyes? Before you start writing, or before you publish that story, ask yourself this. How much do you really know your own story?

This question will move you to write clearly and more captivating, and having a better grip on your story and your reader.

How are you answering questions?

A powerful storyteller creates scenarios that readers will want to be answered. Some storytellers never answer their own questions they’ve created with their own story. It leaves readers with an empty story that is anything but a truly enriching story.

Questions give your stories engagement and momentum, but don’t let your story die at momentum. Your readers will be more engaged with the question, most especially once you fulfill them with an even more captivating answer.

When you present your story with hooks, captivations, suspense, or momentum remember to answer those questions with a great solution that further enriches your story.

What is the primary purpose?

Surprisingly, many writers fail to ask this vital question that fuels any powerful storyteller. What is the primary purpose? Each story needs a purpose or an end goal for the reader. Without this, you have no aspirations for filling your story with meaning and truths of life fiction or nonfiction.

This purpose doesn’t need to be overly cinematic or even highly noticeable. The purpose just needs to be there, or you will be left with a story that wanders aimlessly. The purpose is generally found once you ask yourself who it is that your story is for in the first place. Who you are writing for will give your story and the questions you are answering relevance to your target audience. Once you have those two questions answered, you are a powerful storyteller with a complete purpose.

Remember to wrap your purpose with a well-rounded answer to your primary questions. Comment and let me know what stories you’ve read or written that answer these questions! For more on writing with purpose and drive, take a look at 5 Life Activities That Will Boost Your Writing.