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How to tell better stories

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Blogging is essentially story telling. Whether you’re writing a review, giving an opinion or simply talking about your day; fiction, or non-fiction, it’s still telling stories.

And the better you get at telling stories, the more your readers will want to return and see what you write about next.

So here are some tips to help you become a better story teller:

  1. Consume culture widely
    If you want to create, you have to take on some fuel for that creativity. Reading as much as you can will help to make you a better writer, but you can also take in culture via podcasts, poetry, Youtube videos, TV and movies. And don’t just stick to the stuff you think you like. Read new stuff too, in genres you haven’t tried before. Ask your friends and family for recommendations. This will widen your outlook and open your eyes to stories you might not have discovered. Join a book group to get suggestions for new books, or ask your blog readers what they think you should read next.
  2. Think about how those stories are told
    Different forms of culture tell stories in very different ways. Think about the difference between a Harry Potter book and an Adventure Time cartoon. How do they tell their stories? What are the little details that make you want to know more? What can you learn from this and apply to your own story telling?
  3. Speak it before you write it
    If you’re not sure how to start with a blog post, tell your story out loud then just write down what you say, as you say it. If you can talk, you can write, and even if you can’t talk too well you can probably still write better than you think.
  4. Get some exercise
    Writing is pretty head-mangling, and sometimes your brain needs a break. If you’re staring at the screen and don’t know what to write next, the best thing to do is to get up from the screen and walk away for a while. Do something physical instead – play sports, go for a walk, do some gardening or go on a bike ride. This will give your brain a bit of space to come up with its own solution. I guarantee that you will come up with your best ideas when you are busy doing something else.

Have you got any story telling tips to share? What’s the best story you read recently? Let us know in the comments.

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21 Comments to “How to tell better stories”

  1. Miles says:

    Jk Rowling makes me want to read the next book as soon as possible. Because it’s fun. I want to tell stories like her.

  2. Asha says:

    I definitely use tip number 3 while writing my posts. Usually when I’m writing, I’ll try to write as though I’m tutoring a younger student: you have to use simple wording and humour. Just write as the words come to your mind!

  3. Ari says:

    Hi. Thank u for such a brilliant post and really helpful hints. As I have just turned 11 I am obviously still learning how to be a better writer etc but I feel that blogging has definitely helped me express myself in a different way, helped me to find my own style. I just wrote as if I am having a conversation with my friends. I use a lot of inspiration from the various media that I use and I try and incorporate it into my posts. I am having such fun and I know it is helping me do better at school. !
    Bye
    Ari.
    www. Aribebop.wordpress.com

  4. I just finished The Parent Agency by David Baddiel and really enjoyed it. It is the only fiction book I have read recently as I normally like to read non-fiction.

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  6. Thank you for this post. I am a new blogger and I am learning so much from your blog.

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