A Cheshire Cat like grin plastered itself on the woman’s face.
She crossed the street stiffly, like an old crone.
A long dress coated her weathered body, providing ample cooling from the stifling heat of the tropics.
She was a friendly type.
But on crossing the street I saw perhaps one source of her glee; relief.
A small yellow river slowly cascaded down her leg, puddling on the piping hot street below her.
I had learned by then that you may just see anything in this region so I grinned, smiled back and carried on with my day, wondering how I’d work this colorful tale into Blogging From Paradise.
I saw the lady in Chennai, India but I have seen folks do #1 and #2 in public in places like NYC, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. The outdoor potty situation matters not.
The story I weaved to lead off this post makes it potentially memorable. You may recall some of my practical tips. You may remember my name. But there is a good chance that you will remember the happy, smiling woman and the source of her relief.
Telling vivid stories:
- Grows your email list
- Increases your blog comments
- Boosts your blogging traffic
- Increases your blogging profits
Storytelling bloggers craft entertaining, memorable tales.
If you entertain people and stand out from the blogging crowd you will build a successful blog.
Follow these tips to tell vivid blogging stories.
1: Note Details
Note details through your blogging stories.
Colorful tales are rooted in details.
Example; I could say “The 2 Thai prostitutes reached for my arm.”
Or I could say: “The 2 brusk, burly, husky Thai ladyboy prostitutes grabbed my arm like a baby snaring its rattle, their hairy, masculine arms forming a vice grip around my wrists.”
See how the latter story rocks?
Add details to your stories. Help your readers see the stories and pictures easily.
2: Read Master Story Tellers
I prefer reading master fiction authors like George RR Martin, Lee Child and James Patterson, but read any fiction author that floats your boat.
Master storytellers appeal to your imagination. These geniuses rub off on you, inspiring you to weave wicked or spectacular tales
I became a better blogging story-teller the moment I read the first novel in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. The TV show A Game of Thrones is based on these novels.
Learn from the best authors on earth how to weave tales. Take on some of their qualities through the concept of osmosis, or, by exposing yourself to their brilliant works.
3: Spend More Time in Silence
I prefer meditating and doing yoga on waking to spend 1 hour in silence.
I suggest that all bloggers meditate but if praying or walking outside helps you find silence and serenity feel free to go those routes.
Spend at least 30 to 60 minutes daily in silence. Get out your mind with all of its fears, limits and judgments. Tune into your intuition, an unlimited source of inspiration.
Skilled story tellers write from inspiration and perspiration, practicing their writing while seeking out inspiration from something bigger than themselves. Being in silence helps you find this inspirational source.
4: Write 1000 Words Daily in a Word Document
Write 1000 words daily in a Word document.
Practice your writing,
Gain confidence in your story telling abilities.
Allow your writing voice to surface.
Most bloggers rarely practice writing which is why most bloggers are poor storytellers. They only write when publishing posts; bad idea.
Develop your most critical storytelling skill.
Trash the Word document daily to detach some from your writing.
Largely detached, skilled, confidence writers strip away self-conscious fears that stifle their storytelling abilities.
When the fears and self-consciousness dissolve you quickly become a masterful story telling, not being afraid of going out on a limb to add color, style and flair to your blogging stories.
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What tips can you add to this list?
How are you becoming a vivid storyteller?
About the Author
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise.