The Elements of Effective Narration

Effective narration of books makes you serve as a guide that your listeners can follow. You show them scenes, directions and ways taken by each of the characters of a story. But these are not all because narration also entails letting your audience feel the passion, emotion and humor each character wishes to convey.


The influence of effective narration to its listeners are magical, but for the ones behind the microphone is a big challenge. A great voice is an attraction but it is certainly not enough to convince an audience how great a story can be. Here are the three most important elements that work to make book narration a success:


1. Knowledge of the Entire Story


Every story has a beginning, an end, and what is supposed to be a great substance in between. As a narrator, you should know how the story goes from the start down to its end. You should also know each of the characters – their value in the story will depend on how you breathe life into their persona. This will enable you to lead your audience to the right direction.


2. Objectivity


Being a narrator encompasses thinking out of the box. Even if one of your main responsibilities include relating to your audience the emotions you want them to feel, immersing yourself in the package is a big no-no. You will only be able to make an effective narration by maintaining a safe distance from your characters.


An effective narrator tells the story without taking sides.  A great storyteller is objective and able to relate to the audience what the author wants it to hear.


3. Skills


A picture can paint a thousand words, many people say. But in the world of narration, the reverse is about to happen because it asks the narrator to paint a picture out of a thousand words. It makes an audience see the story like a picture with all the details in mind. It is one of the reasons why many people love to listen to audiobooks even if they already know the story from the books they’ve read. It shows how people love to be told stories. That’s how important effective narration really is.


4. Golden Voice


Voice is just one of the components that make up a great narration but it is a very important ingredient – it is the very element that enables you to connect directly to your listeners. If you can draw your listener deep into a story with your voice, you’re not just talented but an accomplished artist as well. Moreover, if you are able to switch voices from narrator to other characters, you are not just skilled but a maker of masterpieces – someone who has the charm and ability to make your audience fall in love with the characters you play.


If you got a voice that makes people listen attentively to every word you say, you’ve got a great potential to become a successful audio book narrator. You just need to add certain skills to your talent including the ability to switch voices and give life to characters.


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