...and I'm thinking out loud. Last week the comments flew and the chat was fascinating. Think we can do it again? I do. Today I'm thinking about storytelling .
and this is what I've come up with
- That whole beginning, middle, end thing? Writers talk about it because it works. But that doesn't mean you have to write the beginning first. I think you can start anywhere you feel comfortable.
- Tiny details matter. Think back to a great story you have loved. What do you remember about it? Buttons like blackberries, or a creaking gate. .the little things. We need to keep this stuff in our stories! Small counts.
- As do individual moments. (think back to the quote from the knitting book in Tuesday's post). Even in the big we have to find the small. We don't, we can't remember the whole of a big day. Ask me about my wedding day and I might tell you about the bright confetti fluttering to the cork tiles on the bathroom floor as I changed out of my going-away outfit. It's not a lot; but it's good. maybe you don't need more? Little details..
|Trying to tell the whole story - a page which originally appeared in the very first edition of Scrap365|
Blog posts or stories? are they two different things? I think we push the blog post boundary with Storytelling Sunday, and I like it. It works, I hope, because we all come expecting a story, or more. We're ready to settle in and read. We aren't looking for a quick fix blog post. We stop skimming and start reading. The everyday blog post challenge, then - and the journaling challenge, too - is to stop skimmers and pull our readers in. Do you think?
So better stories make better pages (though maybe that's a whole new topic..). And if good stories make good pages - how do we find good stories? Practice. The older I get, the more I realise I spent a lot of years undervaluing the practice of practice. If I couldn't do it right away I didn't want to know. Sounds ridiculous now. Now, I like working towards something. And there are books to help with working towards storytelling. I love Marion Roach Smith's "The Memoir Project", which I've written about before. And a new favourite is Natalie Goldberg's "Old Friend From Far Away". If you like Ali Edwards 31 Things class I think you'll like this. When I get a minute I go on Amazon and browse "customers who viewed this also viewed..". It's a good way to put together a book list. So, would you? do you? read books about writing?
|..and another from Scrap 365's first issue, working to get lots of words on the page|
So, how do you tell your story? How many words do you need? Maybe we'll get to find out on Storytelling Sunday. I hope so! The theme, if you need one, is Too Cool for School . And if you don't need one - excellent! Hit us with anything at all! As always. newcomers very welcome. Show us your story!
Your turn now - any thoughts before you go? Any topics you think we should be talking about? Tell you what, how about an ask-me-anything edition for next week. Ask me anything and I'll give you a ranom-ish answer. How about it?