“Tell! Tell! Do tell! Tell me a story!” The very words which catapult storytellers into action. Spinning stories into life, the tellers immerse themselves into the reality of story’s journey. Listeners quiet, gasp, quake, laugh, cry and nod, as they too experience the reality of the story’s unfolding.
This is all great, but now, I want to be the one telling a story and engaging the audience. Where do I begin? How do I get started?
Listen, for all great storytellers begin by listening. Listen to conversational stories told by the people around you. Listen to professional storytellers tell from stages. Listen to their stories, their cantor, their words, their emotional expression and to how their stories are crafted.
The delightfully twisted, unimaginably convoluted and predictably intensified conversational stories streaming from the folks around us we can catch on our own. Yet for today and over the course of the next few blog posts, let’s listen to a few tales from some professional storytellers.
The first one is a folktale entitled, The Well at the World’s End, adapted and retold by an unidentified storyteller.
Until next time … Let a Storyographer’s Journey Continue!