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:
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.