our angle is the place in the story where you get to communicate your personality and character through how you might interact with the characters or how you describe your viewpoint about the story if you’re not interacting with the characters you’ve just talked about. After you’ve talked about the interaction, it’s a great time to give the listener a peak into your head and how you view the world by telling them your interpretation of the events that just happened. For instance, if two people are fighting in my story I might have created a decision for myself (and for the listener if they’re picturing themselves in the same situation) about whether or not to enter or break up the fight. So my angle is going to tell the listener a lot about my personality. I might say something like:
“So I let them fight because fuuuuuuck that. I have a pretty face and I’m not fucking with the moneymaker.”
“So I decided to knock them both out cause they’re both idiots and they deserved it.”
“So I sprayed them both with a can of pepper spray, and you’d be surprised how quickly two tough men turn into little bitches when they can’t see.”
Remember, your angle in the story is basically your viewpoint on what happened in the story, and again, it’s important because it tells the listener about you.
Let’s examine the three angles above and what they tell the listener about the storyteller.
In the first angle above, the storyteller is communicating that he’s not the type of guy who is dumb enough to fight. Instead, he’s more the type to be jokey and cocky-funny about how good looking he is.
In the second angle above, the storyteller is communicating that he’s a tougher type of guy who is not only willing to jump into fights, but also has the ability to knock out two guys who are already fighting. In this scenario the listener is likely to examine the storyteller’s physique and stature to make a determination of what this statement means. For instance, if I’m a huge muscle bound guy then this statement would mean I’m emphasizing how tough and cocky I am, but if i’m a very small guy it might appear like I’m the type to over-compensate for being a short guy.
In the third angle above, the storyteller is communicating that they’ll take the smart and also somewhat aggressive angle of joining the fight but not using physicality. This means that a listener would start to view the storyteller as the type of person who doesn’t engage in fights but is still willing to defend himself or keep others from hurting each other.
All of these angles are essentially teaching others around you how you handle situations, so again it’s important to examine your story before you tell it so that you can be precise in the way you’ve decided to present your character to those around you. Your angle is what does that.