Being a writer was something I think I always wanted to do. But I’ve just done a business analysis and decided I needed to stop being a writer.
Seriously? You Stopped Being A Writer?
Yes. I stopped being a writer.
What Are You Going To Do Now?
I’m going to tell stories.
What’s The Difference?
As a writer, I am restricted to the written word on a page. That could be a paper page or an electronic one, but it remains words on a page.
And this applies to both the fiction side of things as well as the non-fiction.
As a storyteller, I am not restricted to the written word. I can use any of the modern media – whether it’s words on a page, an image, podcast, video, or anything else that comes down the pipe allowing me to tell a story.
Not Only That But
This redefining also allows me to extend the notion of storyteller to some of the other things that I do such as stone carving. I could call the stonework a sculpture, but now I can also refer to it as a form of story.
I note this is not the dry stone wall building I do that some readers may be familiar with. I will continue to do that – and I have to think about whether I am telling a story with that work. But I am clearly telling a story with my carving.
The first stone carving I ever did.
The Bright And Shiny!
Confession time! This redefinition of what I’m doing also allows my “squirrel!!” mind to follow the bright and shiny new idea without guilt or worry about the consequences on my formerly sacred “word count for the day.”
And more importantly – being a storyteller allows me to tell stories using whatever format floats my boat. I get to pick the appropriate delivery system for the story and even adopt and discard storytelling mediums at will.
I am really excited about this change. Even though it may not seem like such a big deal, it opens up the future and allows me to continue playing with words.