writing tips & storytelling

Sharing our stories changes our lives. The ability to talk comfortably about ourselves is such a precious and powerful communication tool. With storytelling, we can get the love, confidence and creativity that we need and want.

This is my message as teacher and life coach. You can find me in college classrooms, workshops and one-on-one sessions. I’m also here for you on this blog, with resources from decades of being a writer, journalist, blogger, adjunct college professor, speaker, writing consultant, media trainer and workshop instructor.

In other words, you are benefiting from my many, many mistakes. :)

I’ve made so many boo-boos, worked through endless regrets — and survived. If I can do it, you can too. To get started, please keep reading. (You can also subscribe to my blog for my free, nine-page workbook. Fill in the blanks and it’ll help jump-start the journey to celebrating your badass self.)

Storytelling can change our lives

Below you will find a list of my most popular how-to and informational blog posts. I use them in my classrooms. Other professors and instructors use them too, which is exciting and gratifying for me. The posts about writing and journalism are especially popular. You can even use them on your own as a self-tutorial.


Writing tips to improve storytelling

My writing tips below really work. These are life skills, even for non-professional writers. The proof is in my students. They’ve become terrific writers with great careers in journalism, writing, activism, business and the arts. 

The writing basics:

  • What is a nut graf? — My most popular writing post. And, the post most hated by students. But they eventually become fans. Really. If it annoys you too, skip it for now and come back to it later.
  • How punctuation works — Punctuation is the ultimate writing accessory. Important for self-expression.

Some writing-related extras:

Journalism deepens our storytelling 

In my journalism classes, students learn to write — and report. That means developing skills in researching, interviewing and cleverly sleuthing out info not readily available to them. The links below provide a taste of how these additional tools function. Personally, I believe everyone needs them as life skills.    

  • Rock your writing! 9 tips — There’s a reason journalists transition quite smoothly into other careers as writers of screenplays, speeches, fiction and other types of books. Journalists have very specific ways of approaching a story. Includes links to the nut graf, Rule of 3 and concise writing posts.


Social media helps storytelling

People always want to know what I tell students about their employment prospects. This is what I say: The job market for journalists and writers totally sucks. That’s why you have to be entrepreneurial.  The following links will jump start your ability to take care of yourself.  


Asian American storytelling 

Most of these posts include multiple links to studies, reports and other points of interest. I’m especially concerned about our mental and emotional health. 


My personal storytelling 


Born to learn, born to teach

My students and clients come in all ages (14-76). Love the energy of making deep connections with people as they sort through their lives and personal stories. You can find details about my gigs on my LinkedIn profile.

And here’s me, in the 9th grade. I was 15. Even back then, I hoped to be a teacher someday.

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