S is for StorytellingOk, yesterday I used "R is for Reading" to talk about storytelling and today I'm using "S is for Storytelling" to talk about reading . . . but I confess, I'm talking about both or at least how reading influences storytelling. Confused?
Let me explain.
Many storytellers (myself included) often reveal our reading in our storytelling. It's inevitable, I suppose, since many of us find our stories in texts. When we learn them off the page, we tend to bring with the story a lot of the conventions of written text, particularly the "he said" and "she said" variety. I'm not saying this is wrong, but I do encourage my storytellers to ask themselves, "Are they always necessary?" Cannot characters speak to one another without a narrator telling us "He said" or "She said"?
As I said yesterday, I love reading books and I love researching texts for stories. But it takes time to absorb a story and let go of the textual image and reading conventions. But when you do, oh my, then the story soars away from the page and takes you with it.
Reading and storytelling -- two completely but interconnected art forms requiring different but similar techniques. Confused? I hope not.