Saturday, February 07, 2015

Speaking Out: Storytelling

 ~Meet Sue Kowalski, a Kansas City suburb homicide detective. Recently divorced, Sue holds her own in the all-male force. As the smallest, most agile, Sue has been been hefted up, lowered down, and scrunched into places no woman should enter. She craves good bear-claw pastry, coffee, and Jose Morales, a co-worker. Her chances for the first two are good.

 ~Death by Coupon: Novelette (1): Nook: iBooks: Kobo: Kindle:
~Death by Salsa Dancing: Novelette (2) Nook: iBooks: Kobo: Kindle:

Writers don't talk much about storytelling these days, so I may as well. :) Instead, writers speak more about promotion and sales, not stories. Story crafting can be taught, but a real storyteller just happens. They are born with the ability to use or not use, as life chooses or they choose.

Please don't think that I am putting down the art of story crafting. I am not. I was first purchased for the stories in me, and then taught story crafting by the purchasing editor. We went through my first book one chapter at a time. Ah, the good old days when editors didn't have as much of the business size of publishing and worked more with their writers. Editors do not have that time now.

A real storyteller cannot be manufactured. But through story-crafting, a natural storyteller can be shaped and fine-tuned and packaged into a real find. Repeat: Either that "spark" is there. Or it isn't.

Having said that, not all storytellers are equal. Some have more ability than others, like a glass half full or really full. And there are writers who are truly "full of it", talent-wise.

Miracles and Mistletoe Sale .99: Nook: iBooks: Kobo: Kindle
 When a Montana rancher's dog starts mind-communicating with him, he's in trouble. But she's more trouble, a cupid-tossing female invading his life.

You've heard natural storytellers verbally enchant. Some storytellers can spin stories verbally or on paper. But they cannot be manufactured.

I believe that everyone has a story to tell. But it might not be the story they WANT to tell. They may want to write block busters, but they create best in short form. (BTW, short form is extremely difficult when done well and should be highly recognized/appreciated as a real art form.)

I believe it's best for the individual storyteller to test every nitche possible. Not only to go where they have sales success, but to stretch and see if there is more. And if that writer is a genuine storyteller, there will be plenty of "more" because the stories never stop churning--one story leads to another and another.
~Death by Coupon: Novelette (1): Nook: iBooks: Kobo: Kindle:
~Death by Salsa Dancing: Novelette (2): Nook: iBooks: Kobo: Kindle:

A real storyteller can look at anything--a windmill, a ribbon, a gun--and rummage up some story about it. The more they push, the more the stories roll, and then the trouble begins of sorting through just how many stories, or books can one writer create in one lifetime.

But a real storyteller either is, or isn't, whatever the form that emerges and wraps around the individual.

Storyteller Road Blocks: Time/Energy devoted to Promotion; Publishers wanting the same old again and keeping in a trough; Life, of course. Money can block a storyteller, going where the money is, rather than where natural storytelling takes the writer. That last one, ye olde $, can run a storyteller exhausted and dry.

Writing to please one's self, following that muse-trail, is maximum important. A real storyteller--in this case, a writer--is going to write no matter the sales or the darkness in life. In fact, writing stories can temporarily aleviate life's darkness.

Miracles and Mistletoe Sale .99: Nook: iBooks: Kobo: Kindle:

As a summation, I believe if a writer is a true storyteller writer, that indivual will continue writing, no matter what. Let's talk more about storytelling? Input, anyone?

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