So, what's the shortest story you've ever told? I think going small can be a good plan sometimes. Too much information can kill your story. We often show ourselves more clearly in small stories. Let me show you what I mean...
Think of a teenage girl you know. Or think back to your teenaged self. She goes to a party. she's all dressed up, there's some great music and somebody admires her new shoes, she spends all night watching the object of her affections, but nothing comes of it, so she goes home..
Next morning she goes into school. Her friend says
Well, come on, what happened?
and she says .....I think he looked at me.
That's it. The whole story. That says it all. She doesn't say I left the house at 9.00 and the carpark was pretty full and I forgot to stop for petrol and..because in her head she edited out the extra bit. The bit she didn't need to tell her story. And what does this mean? If you can talk, you can tell a story. You can get right down to the important bit, the bit, underneath it all, you understand that we want to know.
So, do it! Write it down! That's my cue to remind you it's Storytelling Sunday next Sunday.It's falling on the very first of the month in September, my favourite month of the year. I'm suggesting a theme, if you need one, of a lucky charm or a talisman, or something you like to have with you or think about if you are far from home...
But any story at all with fit perfectly. See you there?