Maria Estrada

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  1. Patrick
    08/24/2017 @ 17:08 PM

    I would love to learn how to write. I write well when it’s a previously formatted prompt or essay, but when the ends are loose I have no idea when to begin an idea and when to end one.

    • Maria Estrada
      08/25/2017 @ 03:00 AM

      Hi Patrick,

      I understand where you’re coming from. I’ve been there too. When we’re so used to following formats, we tend to forget how to write in a free-flowing manner. My advice for you is to practice writing without following any formats. Write down your random thoughts or ideas. Keep writing and don’t think about those technicalities and restrictions that you have when you’re following a format. When you’re writing from your heart, the creative juice will keep flowing. You wouldn’t even think about how to start and end your sentence. It will just come out naturally. Keep writing in this manner because it really helps. And by the time, you’ll need to write something more formal or technical, you will no longer have a hard time because you’ve already conditioned yourself to write without limitations regarding formats. Don’t let formats limit what you want to convey. Write to your heart’s content!

  2. Charles
    08/25/2017 @ 01:54 AM

    Hi Maria
    I”ve just started out writing few pieces, I’ve a good technical knowledge of web and SEO but it’s taking me forever to write a decent article that can engage the readers as a form of storytelling. Any tips would be appreciated.

    • Maria Estrada
      08/25/2017 @ 02:38 AM

      Hello Charles,

      I’m glad you’ve shown interest in storytelling writing. As for your question, my only advice is to be natural, be yourself! Write as if you’re talking to a close friend. You know, when I’m just starting out, I’ve had the same dilemma like yours. But, experience taught me well that if you want to make your content engaging, be natural, don’t be too technical, don’t be stiff. Keep the facts and stats reliable, but then again, make it easy to read. You can also make it entertaining by injecting some humor into it without losing credibility of course. Readers prefer to read contents that aren’t boring and easy to comprehend. You’re just starting out, and you will enter lots of room for improvements before you can finally find your tone of writing. So, practice, research and persevere. Good luck to your endeavors!

  3. Adeel Sami
    08/28/2017 @ 01:13 AM

    Hello, Maria!

    I think I am not the “story telling” guy, but I want to become one or have a little touch to it with my content.

    I always try to stay “storified” while writing the content, no matter what the topic is.

    For that, I am inspired by Ryan Biddulph who helped me change my blogging’s tone.

    Still not up to that level but gradually making my way because there are so much to add; English language, my country, etc.

    But that’s way too better to make some progress than not moving for an inch due to the excuses, right? 🙂

    So, thank you for the awesome read, Maria! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

    • Elvis Michael
      08/29/2017 @ 14:50 PM

      The great thing about stories is the fact that we all have one. Even if a story seems small and mundane to us, someone else will find it fascinating if it fits the blog post. It also helps readers see the message/article from a new perspective.

      Hope you’ve been doing well man!

  4. Emenike
    09/13/2017 @ 23:01 PM

    Hi Maria,

    I love your opinion on knowing one’s audience. The best brand story that helps a company sell their products worth millions of dollars is the one that knows the target audience in and out.

    Though I’m not so good at telling stories but I can tell you that it worked perfectly on Facebook the few times I have implemented it.

    Thanks Elvis for this masterpiece here.


  5. Ryan Biddulph
    09/16/2017 @ 15:06 PM

    Hi Maria,

    Great tips here.

    I am a fan of story telling, weaving my travel tales into my blog posts. But really, anybody can tell a story about anything. First person accounts, or third person customer case studies, or even a fictional piece that has its roots in reality/fact.

    I practice being an observer to tell stories. Focus on the details. Imagine the story, in mind, then paint the picture through your words.

    Before I tell any travel story on Blogging From Paradise or through my eBooks I visualize the experience, slowly and patiently, then add as many details as possible to tap into the reader’s senses. Sight, smell, hearing, etc.

    This helps my readers step into the story, so it feels alive and real, to them.

    If you can tell a story, you can sell a story.


    • Elvis Michael
      09/25/2017 @ 13:48 PM

      Everyone knows you’re practically the storytelling king 😉

      No but seriously, EVERYONE has a story to tell — no matter how mundane their life may be. Talk about something that happened to a friend many years ago, or something you learned through a fellow blogger. Speak from your own perspective and add a valuable lesson somewhere in there. You get the idea.

      Thanks Ryan 🙂

  6. Stefan
    10/12/2017 @ 06:33 AM

    Hi Maria,

    Very Useful article.
    Thanks for sharing this information

  7. Christine Keil
    03/19/2018 @ 03:47 AM

    Native advertising is huge now in 2018 and has presented alot of opportunities for writers, especially because the copy for native ads can mean the difference between a successful and failed campaign!

  8. Kamran
    04/19/2018 @ 09:41 AM

    I am great eat storytelling but I can do it face to face. My writing skills are much below average. What can I do?