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.

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...

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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...

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Change Your Perspective!

You may be thinking that you can’t do too much when you tell a story on screen. If you are, it’s time to change your perspective. In the digital world, there are limitless possibilities. You can create different story worlds for your audience by changing a little...

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Camera Shot Types

Let’s learn different camera shot types. One of the benefits of telling a story on screen is that you can mix them and make your story more compelling. You may need to be creative to do a medium full or longer shot though. If your space is limited with clutter like...

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Ride The Wave of Laughters

Comedic timing is hard for me to measure. I always pause for laughter, but how long is long enough? One time, while I was telling a story, I paused for laughter. The laugh was bigger than I thought it would be, which caught me off guard. My mind went blank! For the...

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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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