Want To Tell Amazing Stories?

Apply These 6 Simple Steps?

Ahmadou DIALLO ✪
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5 min readAug 9, 2020

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Deep down in the tropical forest in equatorial Guinea, Tik Tik, the tsetse fly, is having lunch.

It is hot and humid, so Jambar, the explorer, is shirtless, with only a short and a hat. He sees some shade under the tree, and he wants to get some rest the first time after walking for 6 hours.

Tik Tik sees in Jambar his dessert. He takes off from the leaf in the tree and heads directly for the nipple of Jambar.

By the time he passes through his ears, Jambar hears him, uses his left hand to grab his hat, and blows a storm of air toward Tik Tik, who has to retreat.

Tik Tik gets back to his quarters and waits. By experience, he knows that the fresh air under the tree is a magic napping nectar for all humans. Half an hour later, Jambar is comfortably snoring under the tree.

Now is the time, thinks Tik Tik. Jambar has his body spreading all over the ground. Tik Tik uses the pants approach.

He enters through the short. There they are, the 2 big, hairy testicles. He chooses the left one and plants his sting into Jambar’s left testicle. The pain awakens Jambar.

Yet it was too late.

Now, he is the patient zero of Trypanosomiasis in Equatorial Guinea and all the sub-Saharan Africa.

Tik Tik will tell his story to all the Tsetse flies for generations on how he defeated that giant, aka Jambar.

I am sure that you read the story until the end. There are as many ways to tell a story as stars in our universe and other universes.

I used 6 easy steps, which are an anagram of Tsetse:

  1. S as Situation
  2. E as Event
  3. T as 1st Trial and failure
  4. T as 2nd Trial
  5. S as Success
  6. E as Epilogue

The SETTSE steps are a simplified version of the more complex storytelling structure studied by Joseph Campbell in his well-known book, The Hero’s Journey.

Dan Harmon took inspiration from Campbell’s work to craft his storytelling technique, which states that Every Story is the Same :

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Ahmadou DIALLO ✪
ILLUMINATION

🏆 Top Medium Writer in Ideas. I am a professional storyteller who can help you share your stories. Find out more here: https://www.madception.com