Mastering the Art of Storytelling: The Power of Cumulative Knowledge

Aviral Vaid

Aviral Vaid

Jun 14, 20232 min read


Mastering the Art of Storytelling: The Power of Cumulative Knowledge

Telling a great story is an art that has been practiced for centuries. It is a skill that is valued in many cultures, and it has been used to preserve history, share ideas, and entertain people. However, not everyone is a natural storyteller, and some struggle with crafting a compelling narrative. In this essay, we will explore the connection between storytelling and cumulative knowledge, as well as the difference between cumulative and cyclical knowledge.

Cumulative knowledge is the idea that knowledge and skills build upon each other over time. It is the accumulation of knowledge that allows us to become experts in a particular field. Storytelling is no exception to this rule. The more stories we hear, the more we learn about the art of storytelling. We learn about pacing, character development, and plot twists. We learn how to create tension and how to build up to a climax. With each story we hear, we add to our knowledge base, and we become better storytellers ourselves.

Cyclical knowledge, on the other hand, is knowledge that is repeated over and over again. It is the type of knowledge that is often found in traditional societies, where stories are passed down from generation to generation. In these societies, storytelling is not about innovation or creativity; it is about preserving tradition. While cyclical knowledge is important, it does not lead to growth or improvement in the way that cumulative knowledge does.

When it comes to storytelling, the power of cumulative knowledge cannot be overstated. The more stories we hear, the better we become at crafting our own narratives. We learn from the great storytellers who came before us, and we build upon their knowledge and expertise. We also learn from our own experiences, and we use this knowledge to create stories that are relatable and engaging.

In conclusion, storytelling is an art that requires practice and dedication. It is a skill that can be learned and improved upon over time. Cumulative knowledge plays a crucial role in the development of this skill, allowing us to become better storytellers with each story we hear. By understanding the difference between cumulative and cyclical knowledge, we can appreciate the power of storytelling and the importance of constantly learning and growing in our craft.


  1. "How to tell a great story", (Glasp)
  2. "Cumulative vs. Cyclical Knowledge", (Glasp)

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