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July 29, 2011

Take a Moment to Tell the Story

I come from a family of storytellers. Both of my grandfathers were masters of the art. And my maternal grandfather decided he should quit telling the story of his parachute jump from a balloon back in World War I. As a missionary evangelist, he was concerned that he was becoming better known for that story than for preaching the gospel! My parents too have maintained and passed down a vast trove of stories.

Perhaps that’s why when I’m experiencing something interesting or unusual, I very quickly start to assemble the event into a story, with the hope that it will amuse as well as relate the events. Almost unconsciously I go to work on it, trying out various renditions, working out amusing angles, chuckling at the possible responses from friends and family. And now, yes, I try out bits of stories and vignettes in Facebook postings.

It took me years to realize that it’s quite possible not everyone does this. And my own family has introduced me to the notion that it’s quite possible not everyone enjoys these stories. At least not on their tenth or forty-eleventh telling. But I’m not buying it.

I make no claim to being a good storyteller. But like the exercise of description, I think exercising our storytelling muscles is good practice for writers and other communicators. For some good tips on storytelling, see Andy Unedited.

Posted by Dan Reid at July 29, 2011 6:17 PM Bookmark and Share

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Dan, I like your stories on Facebook--and on book jacket copy. Keep 'em coming.

Comment by: Sally Craft at July 29, 2011 1:23 PM

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