10 Tips to Improve Your Storytelling Skills

  December 25, 2016 blogging tips πŸ•‘ 5 minutes read

Me in Monteverde, Costa Rica. In a time of thicker hair. And less styling.


I saw his ding dong in Jimbaran.


An aged Balinese man lay spread eagle on the beaches of Jimbaran Bay, Bali.


He was going au natural.


I was going “Oh no.”


Imagine Sports Illustrated swimsuit pose meets senior Indonesian, a mix of sultry sex appeal and jarring geritol assaulting my senses.


This wasn’t my only experience with nudity in Bali.


I’d seen:


  • nubile nudes bathing in the rice field streams around Ubud
  • babes, boobs and bensin at a gas station in Jimbaran
  • flapjacks in a Balinese compound (don’t ask; or, just connect a cherished Western breakfast with aging women’s anatomy)


Hey….I want to bring stories back to blogging.


So I share what I can to entertain, educate, inspire and yeah, to make you LOL because learning through the art of telling stories is more enjoyable than through any other medium.


Follow these 10 tips to improve your story telling skills.


1: Have Fun


Feeling tension = no story telling.


Feeling some tension = lame story telling.


Having a barrel of monkey’s worth of fun = colorful story telling.


Once the tension leaves, stories flow.


This is why drunks often tell wonderful, vivid, intriguing stories. Da suds dissolve da tension. Or, getting blitzed dissolves your worries and anxieties – artificially (I am not encouraging you to go all Hemingway on me) – and those stories flow and flow and flow, as does the vino, vino, vino.




Blog for fun. Predominantly.


Craft masterful stories.


2: Read Colorful Authors


Just wrapped up my daily “A Song of Ice and Fire” reading.


George R.R. Martin is a brilliant story teller. Guy inspires me to tell entertaining stories. Through osmosis.


Read enthralling authors. Feed off of their genius.


3: Paint a Picture Not a Post


I envision myself painting a picture before sitting down to my WordPress backoffice, not writing a blog post.


Intent makes all the difference.


Longtail boat at low tide. Koh Lanta, Thailand.


Colorful tale weavers see their WordPress backoffice as a palette, not a post dumping space.


Reframe your blogging intent to tell more enchanting stories.


4: Add Deets, Sweets


Add details to your stories.


Adding da deets makes your stories a little more sweet.


<-Begin Story->


Jerry Jaws slavered at the mouf, sinking his ragged chompers into my taut, swollen triceps, doing his best impersonation of a monster from a 70’s B movie.


I stared down in both shock and horror as his Nepali incisors tried to worry away at my skin.


The saliva/skin union set off an alarm whose impulse sped to my Monkey Mind.


On heeding this red flag I jerked away from Jerry Jaws in violent fashion.


He wanted 20 rupee for a buttered roll.


He got Biddulph biceps.


At least for a split second.


Just another blase day in Kathmandu.


<-End Story->


I coulda “had a run in with a guy in Nepal”.


Or an intensely vivid encounter with a ragged toothed wild man in Kathmandu.


What makes for the better story?


You know damn well.


5: Write 1,000 Words Daily (or More)


Practice writing.


Become a better story weaver.


Writing helps you gain clarity. Helps you find your writing voice. Helps you tell stories with confidence.


Open a Word document.




Trash the document after you’re done.




Develop your skills.


Craft enchanting tales sung by minions the world round.


Whether you’re making mistakes with guest posting, posting to your blog or with any writing-related venture this simple step – writing daily – will dissolve your probs into delicious opportunities for growth.


6: Imagine


Flex your mental muscles.


Imagine your stories before you tell ’em.


Example: by visualizing an encounter at a shake stand at Nai Harn Beach in Phuket, Thailand, I could write this…..


<-Begin Story->


He barreled through like a verbal bull in a China shop, doing his best Ivan Drago impersonation.


One of the 46 million Russians who vacation on the island of Phuket, the Moscow of the Andaman, bluntly ordered of the Thai beach hawker:


“Banana shake. How much?”


Response from Thai guy: “45 Baht.”


Russian: “Too much.”


Thai guy smiles.


Russian bluntly blurts out: “30 Baht good.”


Thai guy smiles like the Cheshire Cat.


Russian guy stares like Putin.


Thai guy smiles again.


Awkward tension, not unlike when we took our Catholic school trip as 8th graders and passed a seedy district in NYC while Sister Anita the Carmelite nun – our teacher – slowly observed her jaw drop when eyeing an adult theater billboard trumpeting the new movie, “The Eager Beaver Gets the Worm”.


Eventually, after glaciers shifted miles, the Russian blinked, forked over his precious Baht, and the transaction occurred.


<-End Story->


I could not have told that story unless I saw the experience clearly in mind.


7: Fall in Deeper Love with Writing


Shhh….don’t tell wifey.


I’m in an affair. A love affair. With writing.


Why else would I be writing this post at 12:11 AM on Christmas Eve Morning?


Market in Savusavu, Fiji.


Most folks are wrapping presents. Some folks just started shopping (Seriously, Papa Biddulph often dove full bore into Christmas shopping 5 to 12 hours pre-Christmas morning).


I’m writing this post – and weaving in stories – because I love writing. I really, really, really love writing and really, really, really love storytelling.


Think less about blogging and more about weaving colorful, entertaining, humorous stories so your readers can join in the fun.


8: Meditate….Meditate….Meditate


Sitting to observe your thoughts and feelings dissolves writer’s block.


Dissolving writer’s block opens you up to creative ideas.


Opening up to creative ideas helps you become a better storyteller.


Meditate daily. Start at 5 minutes.


9: Whip Yourself with a Wet Noodle Thrice Daily


Slimy carbohydrates motivate like few sources.


10: Watch Netflix


I’m listening to “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” in the background.


One of my fave Netflix shows. One of many, really.


Watching Netflix gives you plenty of story telling material. A slew of pop culture references. A steady appeal to your imagination.


Drop the 10 bucks a month. Well worth it.


Your Turn


How are you becoming a better storyteller?


What tips can you add?

  1. Rick F. Conners says:
    at 11:09 am

    A very Merry Xmas to you!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:07 pm

      Rick, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family πŸ™‚


  2. Ryan Biddulph says:
    at 12:56 pm

    I left a thought.

    • Erika Mohssen-Beyk says:
      at 2:20 pm

      I too wanted to leave a comment ,but it did not get it πŸ™‚
      You give good tips here, Ryan
      I will try them, even for me it is not as easy
      but some will help me as well.
      Thanks for the suggestions

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 1:58 pm

        Hi Erika,

        Sorry about that; may make a change or 2 with comments to improve your experience.

        You seem to be doing a fine job to me, telling helpful stories and inspiring your audience.

        Have a fabulous week.


  3. Robin Khokhar says:
    at 4:07 am

    Hi Ryan,
    You are right that one should read and write on the daily basis. Thanks for sharing this amazing post.
    So, Merry Christmas and happy new year.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:53 pm

      Hi Robin,

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my friend. Keep on writing πŸ˜‰


  4. Lionell Jansen says:
    at 4:51 am

    Hi Ryan, hope you and your wife had a lovely Christmas! The trick of writing daily really helps. I experience that on a Dutch travel blog that I also write for. Post count for December is at 37 at the moment and the more I write, the easier it goes. Same with story telling, I love putting in details as it adds a personal touch to the blog post. It helps people to relive the situation you were in.

    Have a great day!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:51 pm

      Hi Lionell,

      Likewise! I hope you and your family are enjoying the holidays.

      It’s like a bicycle; once you get the momentum flowing, it keeps on going. Your 37 posts will help you write more easily each time you sit down to publish. Awesome that you’re past that silly, all too common writing block: practicing writing leads to blogging burn out. Weird, fear-filled, scarcity-centered limiting belief. Keep rocking it out bro.


  5. Amar kumar says:
    at 5:55 am

    Hey Ryan,

    We know very well, everyone like authentic story – it forcefully makes people in deep analyze about subject. But thing is that we need to put effective stories in our content so that audience can easily digest with more fun. You have added significant ideology regarding storytelling skills and I totally agree with your points. Adding emotions in our story is very significant to engage our readers on page. Eventually, thanks for reveling a light on this amazing topic.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:48 pm

      Hi Amar,

      We all love a good story and really vibe with a fun, entertaining story. Everybody has fun stories to tell, too. Light stories. Personal stories. Authentic stories. I love blogging so much more these days than during my story-free days. Night-day experience.


  6. Ryan Biddulph says:
    at 2:43 pm

    Ok guys and dolls, slowly importing all comments kiddies.

  7. MC Frye says:
    at 11:15 pm

    I like and have used most of your suggestions. After pouring 56,000 words into Scrivener last year, my main takeaways were:

    1. Write every day. It’s easy to keep going. It’s not as easy to restart after stopping
    2. ENJOY writing

    If word counts get in the way of point 2, then stop counting words, because the joy of writing is the best incentive to sit down and write.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:14 am

      Hi MC,

      That’s it. That’s the secret many tortured writers never discover; ya gotta enjoy this writing journey to really get things popping, because you will always seek out what’s fun to do and if writing feels fun you will do it daily.

      I’ve written millions of words because practice and writing eBooks, posts and guesties, and really, it’s been a fun ride!


  8. Ilse Joubert says:
    at 6:32 am

    Thank you! Some things for me practice and work on!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:11 am

      Hi Ilse,

      That’s awesome. It’s fun to find new ways to weave enchanting tales πŸ˜‰ Thanks for Disqus-ing with me.


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:40 am

      Yep Finja, go for it πŸ˜‰


  9. Ravi Chahar says:
    at 8:13 am

    Hey Ryan,

    I totally agre with your points. You nailed it.
    The story with a painted picture is the mind striking thing. Having fun always the best thing to do.
    Spreading your words with a glow requires some practice. keep writing and craft the story.
    Netflix can be really something people are into. It can provide some great ideas.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:52 am

      Hi Ravi,

      I am watching Stranger Things on Netflix now and slowly obsessing over it LOL.

      Having fun sets all in motion. Just published a guest post on Blogging Tips, and the 600 words flowed easily because I was having mad fun writing. Everything is easy when your intent is to just have fun.


  10. Erika Mohssen-Beyk says:
    at 8:38 pm

    Good tips πŸ™‚
    I like to tell stories, but for writing, I have not
    enough vocabulary and always try to improve this.
    Especially the informal ones are what I am lacking,
    which makes a story more pleasant. πŸ™‚ sentences like yours
    : “I coulda β€œhad a run in with a guy in Nepal”.
    Or an intensely vivid encounter with a ragged toothed wild man in Kathmandu.”
    For example πŸ™‚ but slowly will learn it πŸ™‚
    Thank you for the tips.

  11. Joy Yamut says:
    at 7:26 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Writing at least 1,000 words daily so you can be a better storyteller really works. Over time, sharing compelling stories becomes effortless! I also love your tip on meditation. Occasionally we battle with writing doubts that lead to writer’s block and meditation allows us to relax.

    Thank you for such as great post. Happy New Year! πŸ™‚


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:14 pm

      Hi Joy,

      Happy New Year πŸ™‚

      Wow does meditation do wonders for dissolving writer’s block. Like the fear of running out fades away into the ethers, and we become prolific machines. And yep, ditto on the effortlessness.


  12. Unstoppable Family says:
    at 9:18 pm

    Love these tips! Great advice here. The art of storytelling is so important. People connect to stories and build trust that way.

    Keep up the great job and live unstoppable!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:15 pm

      Hu UF,


      People vibe with a good story; movies, TV, books and that dang Netflix show us that.

      Thanks much.