Storytelling Stub

Which book or website do you use to learn storytelling skills?
People often ask me the question. Honestly, I don’t have a particular preference, but I’m sharing some resources that may help you for writing and storytelling. I don’t encourage or discourage its use. Please try for yourself and see if it works for you or not.

Know Your Audience

I'm always fascinated by audience's reactions while I'm telling a story. We all know that "knowing your audience" is one of the most important key elements when we tell a story. But how so? Where they laugh, what they respond to, how they resonate to your story, and...

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Storytelling vs Presenting

I often get feedback like "You need to move on the stage" or "Your gestures need to be bigger" at Toastmasters. In the beginning of my Toastmasters years, those suggestions confused me. I understand the benefit of moving on the stage and being animated with big...

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What Went Wrong with GoT?

Disclaimer: I’ve never watched Game of Thrones (GoT)! Every Monday, my coworker enthusiastically talked about how much he loved GoT. “You need to take Monday off. You can’t take it when the show is over!” I teased him when the finale was 2 days away.  When I went back...

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Say Bye to Distractions!

I swear! I was writing earlier! I don’t know how I got lost in Facebook.... Does it ring a bell? It is said that being a good writer is 3% hard work and 97% not getting distracted by Internet. According to the study conducted by...

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How to Create Killer Opening Lines

Last month, I wrote about story ending. “What about opening?” some people asked. Opening is as important as ending. You can lose your audience/readers in the first minute with a dull opening. Once you lose them, it takes time to get their attention back. In the worst...

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How to Write a Captivating Ending

Ending a story can be harder than ending a bad habit. When I have a vision of how to end my story, crafting a story is easy. When I don’t, it takes forever to finish writing. The ending is so important that it can change your audience’s whole perspective on your story...

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22 Tips on Storytelling from Pixar

Director and Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats shared 22 tips for storytelling on Twitter in 2012. Here are the top 7: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. You gotta keep in mind what's interesting to you as an audience, not what's fun to...

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Writing Tools

You need to keep on writing if you want to be a better writer. But do you think if we can improve our writing skills by just writing more? Don’t we need to learn a few things? When I googled, I was quite amused by how many online tools for writers are available. The...

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The Shapes of Stories

Emotional arcs are intriguing. The writer Kurt Vonnegut mapped story arcs by hand two decades ago. Instead of focusing on plot, he analyzed the emotional trajectory of each story, based on what happens to the protagonist. His master’s thesis in anthropology was...

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