Story of The Day

We have been looking into stories telling for some time, and wanting to share the secrets to good stories telling.

Have you heard of this story on “Speed Ticket”?

A man was driving home late one afternoon, and he was driving above the speed limit. He notices a police car with its red lights on in his rear view mirror.

Police Car Chase Story


He thinks “I can outrun this guy,” so he floors it and the race is on. The cars are racing down the highway — 60, 70, 80, 90 miles an hour. Finally, as his speedometer passes 100, the guy figures he can’t outrun the cop and gives up. He pulls over to the curb.


The police officer gets out of his cruiser and approaches the car. He leans down and says “Listen mister, I’ve had a really lousy day, and I just want to go home. Give me a good excuse and I’ll let you go.”


The man thought for a moment and said, “Three weeks ago, my wife ran off with a police officer. When I saw your cruiser in my rear view mirror, I thought you were that officer and you were trying to give her back to me!

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What makes a Good Story?

There are a few elements to a good story telling – one of them is being descriptive.

Are you able to describe the details that allow your audience to imagine the whole scenario? The small details like ” The cars are racing down the highway — 60, 70, 80, 90 miles an hour.” When the author wrote this, what goes into your mind? Does your mind immediately imagining the speedometer going up?

This is the power of describing the details. What would the story be like if you skip all the details? It would have been something like this:

A man was driving home, and he was driving above the speed limit. He notices a police car with its red lights on in his rear view mirror.

He thinks “I can outrun this guy,” so he floors it and the race is on. Finally, as his speedometer passes 100, the guy figures he can’t outrun the cop and gives up. He pulled over. The police officer approach him and says “Listen mister, Give me a good excuse and I’ll let you go.”

The man thought for a moment and said, “Three weeks ago, my wife ran off with a police officer. When I saw your cruiser in my rear view mirror, I thought you were that officer and you were trying to give her back to me!

I have taken out some details and can you see what a difference it can make? There’s lesser details and your mind basically cannot paint a great picture with such little details. With that, you will not be able to stir up the emotions of your audience.

To write a good story, practise writing on the description of the story. Start to pay attention to the little details in your life.

“It’s the process that matters the most, not the result”

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