Becoming a *Better* Storyteller + An Untold High School Story
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Becoming a *Better* Storyteller + An Untold High School Story


– Hey, everyone. It’s your girl Jenn and for this video I am tackling something that
I’ve always wanted to do, which is to become a better writer. Like, I’ve always had this
fantasy of becoming a writer and I live in the woods in a log cabin and I write with a quill or a typewriter and I’ll write all my
magical stories there. But before I get to that point, I should probably work on
my storytelling abilities. So, for this video I have
partnered with Google and they have gifted me their Pixelbook Go and I’ll be using this guy to kind of take me on this journey on
becoming a better writer. Phase one, finding a class. I’m opening up my Pixelbook
Go and I love this thing. It’s super lightweight and
barely weighs two pounds so I can take it anywhere. I’m also very inpatient so I love that it starts up in seconds so I can start cracking on straight away. I have always been a G Suite gal. I surf on Chrome, use Gmail, Gcal, Google Docs, Slides, Drive. I pretty much do everything on Google and once you log into your account everything is already synced up. It’s freaking great. So now let’s Google some
writing classes in my area and as you can see there
are a lot of options. But I’m gonna commit to the Writing Pad. There’s good reviews and there are a lot of
different classes to take. And I think I’m gonna join
the storytelling class. So, let’s go with that. It’s a five-week program
that happens every Monday. So, now I’m gonna add
all the dates to my Gcal and now we wait for the first class. It’s week one and I had
no idea what to expect but I packed my Pixelbook
Go to jot down any notes. I didn’t bother packing the charger because it can stay
unplugged for up to 12 hours. The batter life is insane. So, I drove off to class
and then I came back and I was a little disgruntled that I didn’t get any
B-roll of the classroom but I’ll explain more inside. Why? Just not the place to film. Like it’s a very intimate and small class. There were maybe eight of
us and I love our teacher. Her name is Lauren. I got a little curveball. The final assignment is us
reading our story out loud to just our friends and family and whoever else is invited to this event. And I wasn’t expecting public
speaking to be a factor here but just gonna roll with it. Lauren said the most powerful stories are the ones that have
actually happened to you. So, she kinda got the ball rolling by throwing a couple of themes. She said shame, betrayal, catharsis and I stopped at shame because I have a lot of
stories involving that theme. And I think I wanna talk about a story that happened to me in high
school that just changed how I felt about myself, about friendship. So, I don’t know I feel really inspired so I just wanna get started right now. So, I’m gonna set up shop
here and then you know Ben’s (laughs) Ben’s like already in bed. – Trying to sleep here, guys. – I know, it’s like 10 o’clock but. I opened up my Pixelbook Go and I’m just going to go on Google Docs and I’m just gonna start
the rough draft of my essay. And also I love the keyboard
on the Pixelbook Go. They have hush keys so
they’re really, really quiet and satisfying to type on. Like, listen. (keyboard clicking) Like, they’re so quiet. So, it’s really great for public settings if you don’t wanna you
know make a commotion with the clacking of your keyboard and it’s really great for, you know, Ben being on the other side of the bed. – Yes.
– He doesn’t have to hear me. – Thank you Google, I can sleep. – So, it is week two now
and I am modifying my draft to make sure that it hits the story spine. The main thing in a story is that there needs to be dramatic tension and it should start right
when the catalyst begins. And the catalyst is the thing
that makes the story change like it’s the reason why
the story’s happening. And so, it’ll build,
build, build, build, build and then you hit the climax which is like where like the mic drops, where the tea is spilled. And then that’s when the dramatic
tension’s supposed to end and then you wrap up your story. Hi, guys. It is week four now and I actually missed class
for week three, so my bad. I’m pretty much on my final draft. Right now, the teacher just wants me to expand the story more somehow. But I feel like this is it, like I don’t feel like
there’s anything more. But I’m gonna try and
squeeze some more things out. (calm music) We are on week five. I’ve got a couple of days before the actual storytelling event. And I am just making sure
I get my practice in. Our teacher, Lauren,
stressed the difference between a page versus the stage. Like, there is a big difference on how a story sounds like on paper and when you say it out loud on a stage like conversationally. And she basically wants us to
sound as natural as possible and avoid memoir voice
which literally means that like you’re reading
out loud from paper. So in order to avoid this,
I’m using my Pixelbook Go. I am gonna record myself to
make sure that I sound natural and I’m also gonna set a
timer for five minutes. I’m gonna use my Google Assistant to start a timer and start practicing. Hey Google, start a
timer for five minutes. – [Google Assistant] Sure, five minutes and we’re starting now. (calm music) (alarm ringing) – [Ben] Wow.
– [Jenn] Hi. – [Lauren] Our next
storyteller is Jenn Im. Please welcome Jenn. (applause) (cheering) – So, I was always a floater in school. I didn’t have a gang or a group of friends but that yearning was definitely there. But everything changed when I turned 16. I had finally found a clique. And there were three of us. And I feel like in any group of friends there’s like kind of a hierarchy, low key. So, the queen bee was Natasha. And she was everything I wanted to be, tall, thin, beautiful. And she was like talented at everything. She was like your true renaissance woman. And then there was Raquel. Raquel was like the edgy, boisterous one always with like the crazy plans and she was new in school so I introduced myself
to her in stats class. And it’s a little fuzzy on
how we all like become a trio but we started to have
lunch together everyday. And I was stoked. I was like, oh my god, like
I’m part of this group. And suddenly I felt this pressure, this pressure to be a good friend. And for some reason that meant to like look good in front of them, like have a good outfit
to present to them. And so this is when like
my obsession with clothing really started to ramp up. I would save up my lunch money
and then blow it on clothes. And I remember this one time
Raquel let me borrow $20 bucks and I never paid her back
because she never asked for it. So I thought it was
like kind of a situation where if she needed the money then she would just invoice me. And so I just like let it go. Another highlight was when Natasha let me borrow her beautiful blazer. It had gold buttons and I
was like obsessed with it and I also had zero intentions of giving this blazer back to her because it was like a part of Natasha that was like in my closet. And during this time, Natasha and Raquel were
getting closer and closer and I was starting to
feel like a third wheel. I was like, hello, like I’m here. And they would have
like these inside jokes and side conversations. They had this notebook that
they would pass around in class because back in the day
texting was really expensive so writing in a notebook was the most economical
way to communicate. And it just drove me crazy. But my redeeming quality was
I was the first of my friends to get my driver’s license. I inherited my brother’s Honda Accord and I would drive us
from point A to point B. And it wasn’t my favorite activity because I was technically
breaking the law. Because when you first get your license you’re not allowed to
have anyone in the car without a license with you. So I was just like a ball of anxiety just being like okay
we’re here like get out. And so one time I dropped
all the girls off at home and I look in the backseat
and guess what I find. I find their notebook. And I’m really excited and I really wish that I had some moral
restraint of being like oh no like I don’t wanna
invade their privacy but I tore into it straight up. And I’m like I can finally see their intimate and private world. And it’s fun until like my
eyes lasered to my name. Like, suddenly I see like
pages and pages about me. And they’re not good things. You know, they brought up how
I still owed Raquel $20 bucks. They pointed out that I
still have Natasha’s blazer. And just the fact that like I’m always like high-strung and nervous. And there was like some
other things in there but they’re ranting. And I’m just frozen. I feel exposed, I feel
like a reject, and it hurt. And it hurt because they had a point. So I cry, I’m upset, and the next day I give the notebook back and I’m like completely normal. I’m like here you go, like
I didn’t read it, you know? And you know I never
confronted them about it. To this day, they have no idea
that I read that notebook. And I was just like in
full damage control mode. I was like okay like
eventually I paid Raquel back the $20 bucks in segments. I gave back the blazer back to Natasha. And like when I’m driving
I’m like I’m cool, I’m chill. And you know we graduated. And that moment was really important to me because it highlighted the fact on why I was floater in the past. I didn’t know how to be a good friend. And I know it’s like common sense to you know give back things
that belong to people and pay people back and
be like good energy. But at the time, I thought being a good
friend was looking good and I feel like when you’re
younger you learn by messing up. When you do something
wrong, someone tells you and if it’s warranted you change. That’s the only way you can evolve. And it really set me up for
the friends that I have today because with age comes
self-awareness and I feel like my I guess like my sense of
community will always be strong. And I’m really happy
with my community today and some of them are here
tonight which I love. And I hope that if they
ever have an issue with me, they tell it to my face
and not in a notebook so I can continue to evolve. Thank you. (applause) (cheering) Guys, this is the last update and I am really happy with
the way I said my story. I also definitely wanna
take another writing class but this time I think
I’m gonna head towards the nonfiction or maybe
the fiction, I don’t know. But either way I wanna thank
Google and Pixelbook Go for helping me with this journey. And now I am tagging Dulce Candy to do this challenge, as well. I will leave her video
in the description box so definitely check it out. And I will see you guys
in the next one, bye.

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100 thoughts on “Becoming a *Better* Storyteller + An Untold High School Story

  1. 5:12 "Hey Google, start a timer for 5 minutes."
    My Pixel 2: "Ok, starting a timer for 5 minutes."
    Me: "Wait what I didn't ask for this"

  2. Also Cheeki is living that good , GOOD life at the end LOL. She’s loving it. It’s so cute. 🥺 still watching through the ads for Cheeki!!! Her special bath products are gonna be covered 😀

  3. I can tell that Jenn was so nervous she’s subconsciously touching the edge of her belt when she’s speaking. But I’m so proud of her! That was an amazing story! 😊 Imagine Natasha and Racquel watches this video and saying “I KNEW IT!! I KNEW THAT JENN READ THE NOTEBOOK!! That’s why she returned the $20 and the blazer!!” Hahaha.

  4. I LOVVE that story. Good Friends are hard to find. Friends that aren’t afraid to say the truth about their feelings to your face, talk it out like adults. I hope one day I can find my group of friends 🖤

  5. OMG why every when i see to watch Jenn video that is so pretty sweetest 😭💗

    fact;
    i always using google a lot for search it matter important and just say "ok google"

  6. i actually enjoy your story a lot, id love for you to make another video like this, maybe dive into aspect of storytelling, your views on writing, on fiction, etc. I don’t know but I would love that kind of content from you!

  7. I don't comment often but I just wanted to tell you how much I love you and how much I'm proud of you ❤️ It's been six years since I subscribed and you're such an amazing and inspiring person. A real role model. So thank you, love you!

  8. Your storytelling execution was overall very beautiful and well-said!! I deeply enjoyed the beginning to end, and how everything was connected in the end. I feel inspired to improve my writing and story-telling skills!! Love you, Jenn!

  9. This is so powerful and of all these years watching your video, this is probably one of my favorite videos of yours!! I love the quality content and how personal it is, and super relatable because we definitely all been through some sort of phase in our lives. Love it!

  10. It’s a testament to your character that you turned that moment of shame into a lesson. You give me hope that purposeful self-awareness, humility and honesty will pay off in finding a friend group like yours. Always an inspiration to me Jenn, ty ❤️ ^_^

  11. I like the way you preformed the story it's like I was imagining it with u ♥️♥️ god bless you for keeping forward 😘

  12. oh Jenn, I had tears in my eyes after your story. I related to your story so much while thinking about my own conflicts with my friends, and I think it's helping me to learn how to move on as well. Thank you so much.

  13. omg that's true…back in the day…i didn't have unlimited data so i couldn't text…i'm not sure if text messaging was more expensive but my parents paid the phone bills so i had no control or a say in whether we could have a texting plan or not haha…so passing notes in class it is

  14. Using too many “and” when doing the presentation, which sounds a little bit distracting. Hope you are doing better every time~

  15. Love this! You're a great story teller and the body language definitely makes the story more compelling and engaging

  16. You're a strong person for managing to maintain your composure after they talked behind your back and continue being their friend. I couldn't do that. Its not fair that they held that against you even though you risked your license being suspended driving them around, so that kind of makes up for it. I'm thankful I've never had friends that expected me to pay them back and that motivated me to be just as generous if not more. Of course you should always pay others back, but being passive aggressive about it is really immature. From your story it seemed like all the members of your trio offered something, and they didn't appreciate what you offered. This was one of the reasons I try not to have too many friends. I get attached too easily and I don't want to be disappointing. Part of maturity is learning that no one is perfect, but also learning about your boundaries, and what you are willing to tolerate and what you're not. I've come to this understanding and its really amazing.

  17. I am touched you are so brave to tell the world your shame and hurts. Surely you are a different person and yes you are full of wisdom as you share your mistakes made and you didn't blame them for gossiping behind your back. It must be really hurting when it happened. We all grow and become better versions of ourselves thats why you have plenty of good friends and great husband to support you. I can totally relate to your story. Thanks so much for sharing. it's therapeutic!!!

  18. Very nice story but it felt like listening to a list of one sentence stories compiled to form a one big one because of the constant use of “and” to switch from one scene to next. Nevertheless, your energy is so good and makes the story more interesting! 🙂

  19. This made me genuinely interested in getting a Pixelbook Go! Sad that it's not available in Australia 🙁
    I've been a long term apple user! I went from a desktop mac to a macbook air and now a macbook pro but I'm finding that they always seem to have issues when I have alot of tabs open (fan starts running like crazy)/ always end up having the annoying notifications that "Your disk is almost full" so I'd definitely look into a pixelbook when my mac dies in a couple of years! Upgraded to the pro in the hopes that it would be a bit more heavy duty but it seems to just be holding up okay – still have issues at times!
    Maybe it's time to branch out from Apple and see if a cheaper google laptop would be a good option!

  20. this feels so timely. i just started focusing my energy into writing again. i've been a writer for 2 years for a school org. and i've had several writing gigs but none of the works i did then seem to spark joy. so i stopped for a couple of months. but today, i started to try blogging for 100 days, writing anything under the sun.

    i guess what i really want to say is that i'll never be good enough now for myself but at least i can work on starting now to improve my skills.

    sorry for this long ass comment. it was great to see comments about writers sharing their journey. 😄

  21. Good for you, Jenn! I'm doing something very similar with math. I'm okay at it, but I've always felt inferior so I'm taking classes as an adult 🙂 Good luck on your journey!

  22. You are so inspiring Jenn! I actually hold my breath and my heart beating so fast like i was the one who gave those nice story telling😅Keep on inspiring and i really love what youve become 😘😘

  23. Jenn I remember a lot of people commenting on how they didn’t feel your content was as “genuine” as it used to or that it felt harder to connect to you. However, I’m really happy to see you took that in stride because I’ve been really enjoying your videos lately! Also saw on your last vlogmas that eggie is launching in UO. Even tho I don’t really support that brand I’m proud to see such an opportunity for you!!!!!

  24. I absolutely loved this SO much! I’ve always appreciated your storytelling abilities and it’s so great to see you get out and actively work on improving yourself and evolving! ✨💜

  25. 정말 본 받을 만한 분이신거 같아요! 나이가 들 수록 그 사람의 보여지는 모습보다는 그사람의 내면과 삶의 가치를 더 들여다 보게 되는데, 젠님은 제가 3년 전부터 봤지만, 정말 가치있는 삶을 사시는거 같아요! 멋져요!

  26. Hey Jenn, I wish you see this comment and know that your voice is my therapy. I love your integrity and that you can frankly share with us all those stories. You awaken me that at the end of the day, we are all humans and that I don't need to be perfect but learn to evolve. Your work has really inspired me and changed me for the better. Thank you so much! Keep on your work! Wish you and your beloved ones a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

  27. I like that you change up your content and diversify yourself. It motivates me and many others to continue to improve ourselves and follow our interests. It's good that you took up writing, keep going!~

  28. I have a close friend before like we are really really close and then she borrowed money from me like twice or thrice. So I lend her money. But I didn’t always remind her to pay me back bc I don’t want to be a pushy person and since she’s my friend too. So one time, I think that was like the second time she borrowed money from me. Few days passed and I was waiting for her to pay me back. But I didn’t say anything bc again I am not a pushy person. But I was like damn it’s been like a week or weeks that she didn’t pay me ?! I was impatient and I eventually asked her to pay me back and yes she did. After that I didn’t lend her money ever again bc of her attitude. I think she was also ignoring the money bc it was only a small amount. But the fact that she borrowed it , it is borrowed and you must pay it. It doesn’t matter how much it is. Now we’re not friends anymore lol 😂

  29. I’m sorry but the part with Ben already in bed had me replaying it over and over again dying because his eyes were closed 💀

  30. That was an amazing story! Thanks for sharing! I too want to become a better writer and have been a not so great friend in the past. This is reminding me that I need to go to the library and go check out how to win friends and influence people.

  31. Jenn!! That was incredible! You’re very charismatic and have interesting stories 🙂 I noticed you use “and” a lot but I love that you’re working on your writing. Keep it up!

  32. This is awesome! Here’s a friendly tip for your next public speaking opportunity: Try to say “and” less as it creates run on sentences. Pausing for effect instead could improve your speech dramatically. 😁

  33. Jenn, you sound so natural, good job 👍 watching your video somehow always inspires me to keep learning and be a better self of me. Thank you, Jenn 😉

  34. Omg when my two favs work together!! I love Lauren Weedman's work on HBOs Looking!!! Also you made that pixel book look super simple to use, considering it as an xmas gift to myself 😉

  35. Hey Jenn. I seriously need a new laptop and the google pixel book looks perfect! 😍 I go to work and school and my current laptop is huge 🙁 does google have any discounts for the pixelbook?

  36. Thank you for this video! When I saw your other video and you mentioned taking a writing class, it inspired me to do so too! I’m working on finally writing my book! Forreal this time! But I thought I should learn to do it more concisely. Thanks again for the inspiration Jenn!

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