As writers and story-tellers, we need to be aware of the different forms stories come in, and reflect this in our writing. There are more ways than black letters on white paper to draw readers in.
There are six methods of story-telling apart from writing that my brain has come up with.
1) Music: Music does have some writing involved, but it is the combination of lyrics, a solid beat, and voice that form something magical. Songs tell stories without having to include too many words. The word choice, any rhymes, and the sudden shift in the bridge--which could be compared to the climax in a novel--create a story. This is why we connect to music so much: its stories, whether break-ups or love songs, resonate with our life experiences.
2) Dance: I am a dancer. Not a very good one, but I do love the way our bodies can bend to music in order to tell a story. Stories can be told through a dancer's expressions, speed of movement, type of actions, and how they react with other dancers around them. A leap could be in joy, or in danger. You don't need to have words in order to communicate emotions.
3) Comics: Comics really hit the mark for short, snappy story lines binding words with images. Oftentimes comics rely on the reader's notice of the characters' surroundings (portrayed in images) in order to provide valuable information in the plot.
4) Film/Drama: I know I shouldn't be grouping these two together, but they are very similar in how they tell a story. The initial script is given, but from there it really just depends on the actors, actresses, (cameramen/women for film) and directors to show the audience the story. The acting and how the characters and plot are delivered can really make or break these two ways.
5) Art: Art is a beautiful, abstract thing. By combining colours, shapes, and different mediums (clay, paint, pencil, etc.) a single image can draw you in and let you explore its story and purpose for hours. Art also allows a person to interpret its story in a way other forms often can't.
Do you tell stories in any way apart from writing? Which of these six if your favourite or least favourite? Let me know in the comments; I'd love to hear your thoughts!