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.

How to Organize Your Thoughts Digitally

What do you use for writing a story? Pen and paper or computers? All of my stories are catalogued digitally. Google Drive is my friend. It works fine as is, but when I work on a bigger project that requires lots of research, character building, and note taking, I...

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Editing

Last month, I was talking with a storyteller after a show. His story was delightful and I really enjoyed it, yet something was missing, I felt. I wondered why. While we were chatting, I found out he didn’t edit his writing. Aha! That’s why! His presence and delivery...

Are All Stories Effective?

Storytelling is a big thing nowadays. Companies are incorporating stories to promote their brands. Researchers use stories to tell us their findings. Activists tell stories to change people’s minds. But are all stories effective? A new Johns Hopkins University study...

Surf the Audio Wave

The other day, I was invited to tell a story on Clubhouse. Clubhouse is new trending social media, an auditory communication app. “Hosts” act as moderators of live conversations and people hop from room to room…like in a clubhouse. Thousands 
of different rooms from...

Respect Your Audience

In the article, "How to Write With Style," Kurt Vonnegut once wrote that we need to respect our readers when we write: Find a subject you care about: Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring,...

8 Rules for Writing a Short Story

This is not my first time to introduce the famous post-war American novelist Kurt Vonnegut’s tips because they’re always intriguing. In his book Bagombo Snuff Box, he listed these eight rules for writing a short story: Use the time of a total stranger in such a way...

Can you use simpler words, please?

Let me explain how a website works. A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet. Hosting providers allocate space on a web server for a website to store its files. DNS is the...

Story Ideas

Where do you get your story ideas? When we listen to somebody’s story, sometimes a phrase in the story or emotion that you feel from it sparks our inspiration, doesn’t it? If you jot down your thoughts at those moments, you get more story ideas. Next time when you...

Listen to the Beats!

What are the beats, you ask? In music, the beat is the basic unit of time. It is often defined as the rhythm listeners would tap their toes to when listening to a piece of music. It’s the same logic in storytelling. Thebeat is the smallest unit of story. A collection...