So You Want to Be a Storyteller?

I love the written word. I like to play with the words and then play with it again. I like to see how I can say the same thing in different ways. Then, when I think I have it the way I want it, I go back and rewrite it again.

I know of someone who wants to write a book and has spent a lot of time researching and writing. I have no idea if it’s any good because she would never let me read it, even though I asked her many times. I think it’s because she doubts her abilities. If she doubts it how could I think anything different? I think that her fear of having other people read it and not like it will keep her from finishing it. I’ll bet she’d say I’m wrong, that she just hasn’t had the time, but I think if she really wanted to write it, she would.

But maybe that’s just me and I can’t expect her to do things the way I would. I have always been a “jump in feet first” kinda gal. If someone doesn’t like what I’m doing then they shouldn’t watch me do it. Things don’t stop me because someone else doesn’t think I should do it, or of fear of failure, or even because I think people won’t like it. I have patience.  I like who I am, and I keep chipping away at things until I’m done.  Either come along with me for the ride, or don’t.  But please, don’t pretend to like me when you don’t.  Don’t like me one day and then change your mind the next.  Don’t be phony.  If you don’t like something then tell me.  Don’t just let me guess.  Say, “Sonni, you writing is shit.” Maybe only my great great great grandchildren will read this after I’m dead, and what they think won’t matter ’cause I’ll be dead, and I’m okay with that.

Sam S. Mullins: a blog about anything

Really? Even if people won’t want to date you ever again for fear that you’ll one day talk about them on stage? You’re sure?

Okay. Welcome aboard.

Here’s a cheap glass of wine. Where we’re going, you’ll need it.

I’ve got to tell you – I think you’ve picked a great time to get into the story game. I mean, with the success of storytelling podcasts like The Moth, RISK!, Definitely Not the Opera, Snap Judgement and This American Life millions of people are now aware of the phenomenon of modern storytelling. Just about every city in North America now has a regular storytelling event, and there seems to be more opportunities for storytellers than ever before. For raconteurs like us, the getting has never been good-er.

But before you start speaking your heart into the crackly microphone at the local roti place’s storytelling event (at which no one is there to actually hear stories [they’re just there…

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