Storytelling for Nonfiction Writers: Three Tools to Consider

As travel bloggers, we are easily prone to a merely descriptive writing style. It seems to be all about explaining the photography and what we have done in a travel destination.
This article from the Daily Post suggests that even non-fiction writers should use storytelling techniques to engage their readers. Very helpful!

The Daily Post

Fiction writers know that stories are always more engaging that mere accounts, reports, and statements. That’s why they devote so much of their time to crafting the right pace, structure, tone, and level of detail for the stories they wish to tell.

It’s easy to forget we’re telling a story when we write a nonfiction post. That’s why thinking about fiction can be so helpful for bloggers of all stripes: it forces you to remember you’re a storyteller first.

No matter what your next post is about — a chapter of your memoir, a rant about politics, a movie review, a travel journal, or a frittata recipe — building it around a central narrative will help you hook your readers. While it might take practice before you find the narrative mode you’re most comfortable in, here are three storytelling tricks that will get you started as you hone your craft.

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6 thoughts on “Storytelling for Nonfiction Writers: Three Tools to Consider

    • I hear you. This article made me realize again that working on one’s writing style is worthwhile. But it’s not that easy for me because English is not my first language. Due to this fact, I always think I won’t be able to improve my writing skills anyway, but storytelling is more about composition of a text rather than about how you master the language.

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  1. Thanks for sharing Klees. There are so many ways one can tell things and it isn’t always easy to find the right words or tone. I get to carried away with the descriptive angle and forget to logistics and “how to” are just as important. I’m looking forward to hearing other peoples views and how they make their decisions.

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  2. I have heard many people say that including questions can be a good way to encourage engagement. I haven’t tried it as I have tended to follow a more formal tone of voice, trying to be friendly but informative rather than chatty or conversational. What about you? Would be good to hear what others thing, – Cherrie? Eternal Traveller? Eliott? Any thoughts?

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    • Until now, I’ve also written in a more descriptive way, as I’ve always thought that it’s about the destination and not about me. I think I like both ways. I love to see good photos and useful information about a place, but I love it too if someone is able to tell a story.
      I will do a post about the storytelling technique soon, I’m very interested in exploring this writing style.
      If you like write a post about it on this blog and ask your questions, because I think the others aren’t tagged this way and won’t take notice of it.

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