Ngummara With Expert is one of team’s favorite session because every month we invite an expert to come to Kummara HQ to share about their expertise. Joining us this month is Goklas Oyasujiwo, or Mas Oyas as we called him, an expert in storytelling.
Mas Oyas created Odong-Odong Dongeng, a storybook for children that use multiple endings so parent can create different story in every reading session. He said that creating bond between children and parent through verbal communication (e.g. storytelling) or physical communication (e.g. playing together) is the best way.
“Try to write a story backward. Create the grande or the finale first. Then put things that make it happen to the front.”
Mas Oyas gave us new strategies in how we develop characters and stories. Characters are supposed to have distinct and detailed features so children can relate themselves to the characters. In developing stories, it’s better to have template with different variants so storywriter can develop many stories without getting bored.
Now we are excited to make a boardgame with strong character and storyline!