Weekend Edition – Storyteller vs. Writer plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

The difference between a storyteller and a writer seem apparent. But as this article ends, can it be concluded that every writer was once a storyteller?

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Storyteller vs. Writer

“Storyteller” (Anker Grossvater, 1884) “Storyteller” (Anker Grossvater, 1884)

I’m terrible at telling jokes.

I’m so bad at it, that I have pretty much sworn off even trying. The pressure makes my stomach turn. I’m always afraid that I’m going to fumble the set-up or flub the punchline, and there are few things more sad and pathetic than a joke-gone-wrong. I picture failed jokes as deflated balloons, rumpled and saggy, looking up at me from the pavement with sad, slightly reproachful eyes.

Perhaps in part because of this personal shortcoming, I’ve always especially admired people who can tell a joke or a story well. You know the people I mean – the people who can capture and hold the interest of an entire table full of diners or room full of houseguests, the people who seem able to turn the most mundane happening into a tale of epic hilarity or deep insight…

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One thought on “Weekend Edition – Storyteller vs. Writer plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

  1. Suddenly Jamie (@suddenlyjamie)

    Interesting question. I think the transformation can go both ways. I think a storyteller can develop better writing skills, and a writer can develop better storytelling skills. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, and the best work comes from combining the best of both.

    Thanks for sharing & adding your perspective. Great question!

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