I’ve had professional screenwriters tell me my life would make for a darn interesting movie.
I regularly pitch Netflix on an idea to make a series about my wildest travel stories.
It’s one thing to live a wild life.
It’s quite another thing to be able to tell an entertaining, captivating, humorous and sometimes dramatic story about the experience.
If you can tell enchanting stories through your blog you will strike an emotional chord with your readers.
You will also stand out from the masses of bloggers who simply share practical tips from a cut and dry, third person perspective.
Follow these tips to become a better story teller.
1: Paint a Pretty Picture
Paint a pretty picture to become a better story teller.
Readers think in pictures.
Do their mental legwork for them.
I add mondo details to my wild travel stories.
Makes it easier for you to imagine and follow the story line.
For example, consider this travel story.
“Give me rupee for buttered roll!
The man stared at me, wild-eyed.
He begged for money. For a buttered roll.
After I politely declined his request with a pleasant smiled I turned toward the Thamel section of Kathmandu, Nepal.
Kelli and I took 2 more steps before I felt a gentle nip on my right biceps.
The initial tame bite turned into a sawing, gnawing motion.
The wild man sunk his slimy chompers into my taut man flesh.
Like a great white shark tearing into a hunk of tuna, I felt the nut job dig into my biceps aggressively.
After jerking away from this loon I swiftly jogged into the center of the road, getting lost in a maze of tuk tuks, tired tourists and honking cars.
Just another day in Kathmandu.”
#1: Yes, this really happened to me (I told you my life was wild).
#2: See how I painted a vivid picture to tell a more enrapturing, attention-grabbing story?
Imagine your story.
Pain the image with words.
Reel readers in with your picture painting talents.
2: Add Details
Add as many details to your story as possible.
You can’t add too many details to your story.
Tossing in as many details as humanly possible makes it easier for readers to follow your story.
Imagine if I recounted my Nepali Wild Man experience with these 2 lines:
“I went for a walk in Kathmandu, Nepal one night.
A crazy man bit my arm.”
Not only is this as boring as hell but I missed the opportunity to tell the actual story as it unfolded.
I can vividly remember the crazed look in the guy’s eyes as he sunk his fangs into my well-muscled biceps.
I recall violently jerking my arm from his chompers as threads of saliva hung from my arm.
The details make the story.
Go nuts on details.
Tell a wickedly entertaining story.
3: Read Voraciously
I read 30 to 60 minutes of fiction every night before going to bed.
Reading fabulous story tellers like James Patterson and Lee Child helps me tell a better story through osmosis.
Learn from the best.
Strengthen your imagination.
Take a cue from the best story tellers on earth.
4: Add a Pinch of Humor to Your Posts
Check out this blog post of mine.
See how I led off with a funny story?
I dissolved any writing-related tension immediately.
When you’re less tense you can weave a mean blogging tale.
Inject humor into your posts.
Stop being so serious.
Reading your blog shouldn’t feel like I’m listening to a funeral dirge.
I should feel like I’m dancing at Carnival after checking out your latest post.
Be funny. Write funny stories.
At the very least add a dash o’ humor to every post you write.
Ease writing tension.
Let the storyteller in you come out.
5: Observe, Observe, Observe, Observe
Practice watching life to tell more in-depth, detailed, entertaining stories.
Carry a pen and pad to record your day to day experiences.
You don’t need to be accosted by Thai lady boy prostitutes in Bangkok, or face down bullet ants, army ants and poison dart frogs in the remote jungles of Costa Rica or cheat death in India like me to tell an entertaining story.
Observe your daily experiences.
Write down 3 to 5 stories from today.
Flesh out 1 experience.
Link the story to your blogging niche.
I do this often through my blog and through my eBooks on Amazon.
People like helpful blogging tips but LOVE a good story that makes it easier to remember a particular tip through the power of analogies.
Are you a skilled story teller?
How are you telling stories through your blog?
What tips can you add to the list?
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