It must have been a lot of work being the tribal elder who had to remember all those stories and enact them in front of an entertainment-starved crowd. He had to get it right, deliver the scenes and a storyline in a way that pleased his audience.
There was an art to it.
That’s why it’s funny when people find out that you write, that you’re a storyteller, and they want to offer ideas.
“You’re writing a book? Oh, I have a great idea for a story.”
Coming up with the idea is the easy part. It’s kind of like saying, I have an idea about building a house. If you want to build a house, I’m your guy. I have all kinds of ideas.
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The Plot Skeleton
Keeping the Reader’s Interest
Arcs and the Plot
The Three Parts of Writing
Who’s Showing the Story?
Crafting Sentences and Paragraphs
Show Don’t Tell
Making Your Writing Soulful
Driving Your Story Forward
Self-Editing Your Work