How to create an effective yet visually appealing story narrative using nothing but a few colors splayed across the photo paper. Hmmm.... Well, I began the journey to answer this question a few days ago. My first step was doing some research on how other people decided how to create a narrative. Of course, my teacher, Senor Sloan, put a helpful link on his page to lead us to these tips. (Check them out, they're pretty good.) The thing that stood out most to me was the connection that the photographer needs to make between an image and an emotion. Anyone can shoot an image, but few can shoot the emotion behind the image. The emotion needs to convey the story in an effective manner. Hence where the dilemma comes in, how to find the right image that conveys the right emotion to go with the underlying story.
Another helpful hint I found was to draw out your shot plans. Even if you end up going in a completely different direction, at least you'll have a few ideas on how to start your story. You can also take those shot ideas and tweak them ever so slightly to create something new.