Responding to your audience, to the real-time circumstances around you –
– this is one of storytelling’s most distinguishing characteristics. (This is what especially differentiates storytelling from theater, such as a monologue or “one-person play.”)
Back in March I wrote a blog “How My Dog Reminded Me: ‘Storytelling’ is Not Just a Compliment.” It’s arguably “too long” for one of these daily (daily!!) A-to-Z blog posts this month, so I won’t copy the whole thing here, but I will certainly give you the link here, and invite/encourage you to go over and read (or re-read) it at your leisure…
Its main points are:
“Storytelling” is a specific practice and art form – NOT JUST A GREAT COMPLIMENT!
(You know, like…splashed over a movie ad: “Such-and-such director is one of the greatest storytellers of all time!”…or on a book jacket: “This novel is storytelling at its finest!”)
Storytelling (the practice and art form) changes and responds differently to real-time circumstances.
I think the subject matter is really important. And I think the blog post turned out pretty well. And I know it shows one of the best photos of my beloved old dog ever. (And I hope you make it over there…) 😉
Thanks for reading – Pam