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By: Kellie McGann
I’ve considered myself a writer for years, but a storyteller? I thought that just came with the territory. It wasn’t until I listened to an interview between Write Practice founder Joe Bunting, and writer Kevin Kaiser that I realized the two are very different.
The Difference Between a Writer and a Storyteller
A writer, by definition, is: “a person who uses written words in various styles and techniques to communicate ideas.” A storyteller, on the other hand, is someone who conveys events in words, images, or sounds.
So why does it matter which one you are?
Here’s what C.S. Lewis has to say in The Horse and His Boy.
For in Calormen, story-telling (whether the stories are true or made up) is a thing you’re taught, just as English boys and girls are taught essay-writing. The difference is that people want to hear the stories, whereas I never heard of anyone who wanted to read the essays.
I remember the essays I used to write in High School, and trust me, no one wants to read those. But the book I’m working on about the Syrian refugees? That is something that might interest my readers a little more.
Just because we are taught how to write perfectly and place our commas in just the right spot, it means nothing if no one is going to read it.
How to Become a Storyteller
How do you become a storyteller then?
Have you ever read a book you couldn’t put down? Or a novel you were so engrossed in that you forgot about the world around you? That is a sign of a great storyteller.
Great storytellers are writers like J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and Ted Dekker. They have sold millions of books because they know how to tell a really good story.
But how do they write such good stories?
The first way, according to our friend Kevin, is that they’ve lived them.
1. Live Within Your Story
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