Hi I'm new here, and before you read on, a tl;dr: I have no idea how to develop storytelling skills or how to practice this skill and I'm looking for advice. Now the slightly longer version. Currently I'm an animation student, and storytelling is obviously a very important part of this area... except that I have no idea what I'm doing. I've realised this year that it's something I struggle with a lot and I have to make a short film by the end of next year, as well as the year after so I need to get better at this!! I'm focusing on developing better short story ideas because these films will be at most not more than 3 minutes. Now I have all this time over the summer holidays to practice my art / technical skills, I may as well get stuck into becoming a better storyteller. I have a very vague idea of what kind of stories I want to tell, but I also want to develop the ability to think of original and interesting ideas. So, where to begin?