Saturday, September 27, 2008

On storytelling

Part of editor/teacher Jacqui Banaszynski's handout today includes a way to think about storytelling that you can use even at the earliest stages of conceiving a story:

Storytelling ...
Is not just how you say something, but what you say.

Is not defined by a genre or type of writing, but by a reason for writing.

Is not written so much as it is reported, experienced, told and shown.

Is not detached and distant, but intimate, immediate and present.

Is not about information so much as the meaning of that information.