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Lately I’ve been working on a project recording people’s personal stories and editing them for publication.
While creating these transformations, I have gained a new appreciation for the difference between a work told by a storyteller to a live audience and something written by an author for the reading public.
Storytellers who want to write their stories down run into so many problems because some elements of the storyteller’s art just don’t translate to written form.
Since the ability to tell a story is one of the key items in every writer’s toolbox, we all tend to slip into storyteller tricks.
Watch out for this slippage; often it doesn’t work.