June 10, 2013

Breaking Storytelling Down, A to Z

When I first learned about storytelling a quarter century ago, I figured, "Well, I'll learn some stories, and if I tell them, I'll be a storyteller."

Yes and no. True, anyone can tell a story. But storytelling is an art, and to develop that art, you not only need practice, but an awareness of many elements that make up the storytelling process and go into performance.

Over at True Stories, Honest Lies, storyteller Laura Packer spent the month of May blogging about the art and craft of storytelling in an alphabetical fashion, from A to Z. (Darn it, why didn't I think of that first?)

Laura's observations are always thoughtful, so if you're interested in the art of storytelling (as a storyteller or as a fan of the art form), her posts are worth a read:

Rather than list 26 links here, I'll point you to her summary pages:
index for A through E
index for F through J
index for K through P
index for Q through Z

Not only do I enjoy Laura's writing, but there are a couple of posts that I'm still thinking about with regards to issues that I need to improve in my own work.

My favorite? F is for Fun.

3 comments:

Laura said...

Thank you, Tim!

Tam Hess said...

Hi Tim this is great! I love stories but I'm so soft spoken it's NOT my "thing" my sweetie is pretty good at it. I'm surprised if anyone in the room hears anything that comes out of my mouth. haha This is a great blog. I can't wait to read more. Thanks for sharing!

TangoAlphaMike
Gain Your Exposure 2

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