Brain Bites

Food for thoughts, storytelling resources, and practical tips that I find worth sharing. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, guidance, or simply a fresh perspective, check out these curated nuggets of wisdom.

Craft a High Concept Comedy

I’ve been wanting to write about high concept comedies for a while. What is high concept? Typically, it’s a What if…? scenario. There are different styles, but one of the common patterns is that you make the protagonist of your story a fish out of water, bring a high...

No One Is a Great Writer

What makes good stories? To me, good stories contains multiple layers. The first layer doesn’t challenge readers. It flows into readers' minds effortlessly and paints an imaginary world without putting them to much work. You can enjoy the surface as is, but the real...

Emotions Behind Kids’ Stories

Do you remember books you read when you were kids? Were they mostly happy stories? Or did they evoke different  emotions? A recent study highlights how cultural differences in socializing emotions begin before children even start attending school. Specifically, the...

Carry Across and Beyond

Metaphor, simile, and analogy — all of them use comparisons, but have you thought about the differences? Analogy traces back by way of Latin to a Greek word meaning "proportionate." That word has a root in the Greek word logos, meaning "reason." It compares two things...

How to Describe Physical Appearance

How many words do you have in your physical appearance vocabulary? You may not need too many details to describe characters in your story, but it’s imperative to convey their physical features enough that your readers or listeners can envision and engage them.A...

Pick Words that Enrich Your Story

"Avoid using adjectives and adverbs in poems," my friend said. Because economy of words is essential for poetry, she explained, we need to use descriptive verbs instead. For example, instead of saying "she walked quietly," say "she tiptoed." To describe "run quickly,"...

Everything is Science. Even Humor!

I sort of knew that science was behind even humor. Every reaction has a reason – a reason why the audience laughs, the timing of the laugh, how long they laugh, how the laughing wave goes up and down, etc. Although I knew, I’ve been playing and adjusting it by ear....

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...

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This