Thursday, August 4, 2011

The True (not magical) Secret

"What is this mysterious art?

Is there really a magical secret to learning and telling a story that only a few can discover?

I think not.

In my experience with several hundred storytelling students, I've found that nearly everyone can tell an acceptable story." "As for being an outstanding storyteller, that is a different matter, for storytelling is like other arts: in order to be truly great, you almost have to be born with that inner talent. How do you know whether or not you have it? Only by working on some stories and telling them to an audience.

But, to repeat, almost everyone who takes the time to learn can become a competent storyteller."

from: Handbook for Storytellers, by Caroline Feller Bauer.

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