In his book Storytelling Bausch lists 13 things a good story must be. Paraphrased, they are:
-- from the first sentence it presents such an unusual, curious event that the listener or reader wants to find out what happens next, like an angel's visit (Abraham, Mary).
-- it shows we are connected with everything else in the world, should help us get in touch again with ourearthly natures, like the Middle Earth or Eden stories do.
-- it not only connects with the Earth, and Earth's creatures and our fellow son and daughters of Adam, but also with our own cultural heritage, our roots.
-- it exemplifies our common humanity,even if by "non-humans"
-- it helps us remember the past
-- it uses the languages of dreams, imaginative, creative language,wishfulfilling language not usually found in our day-to-day existence
-- it appreciates and uses the power of the word.
-- it helps us escape from the worst effects of our fallenness, loneliness, boredom, pain, disesteem.
-- it does not have much to do with analysis or reasoning, but a great deal to do with synthesis, intuiting and getting the big picture.
-- it repairs the damage done to the psyche, the spirit, even the body by too much of the "real" world and too little of the Real.
-- it's a story we can identify as our own.
-- it inspires hope by presenting a eucatastrophic alternative, our deepest dreams can come true.
-- it ministers not only to the listeners or readers, but to the storyteller as well, making intimate sharing possible.