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Well, not writing specifically; verbal storytelling came in with a blast. Twenty years ago, the computer I used wiped from within and the floppy disk all my children's stories, a first draft novel I finished, and a family tree I had spent 3 years compiling.
As I recovered on my couch, a thought ran through my mind, "Time for you to stand up and tell a story." To stand up and tell one of my creative stories, never. A disgusting, impossible idea, farther more where to start.
I never heard a person tell stories, only lectures about specific subjects. (This was before YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, google blogs, before the cell phones and the videos we watch.) I did find a program at a Park and Recreation Center. Finally at Dominican University in San Rafael, I found a whole series on "How to Tell a Story." Verbally telling was precisely like writing a story; characters, plots, and scenes. And, there were thousands of public domain free stories, the TRADITION TALES, from all over our world to preform.
SO, I stood up and told a story.
NOW . . . TODAY - I write traditional fractured stories. That means I re-write or re-tell folklore by adapted, enhanced, re-imaged, embroidered, modified, elaborated, and embellished characters, scenes, and make subplots. I fabricated to suit my time and to create a better read. All folktales, fairy tales, legends, fables, myth are analogy, metaphors, or simile we use in writing. Traditional tales are the bones of today's movies and novels.
That's great! I love how you took a bad situation and turned it into something new and exciting!ReplyDelete
Thank you! And yes, life can change our paths, sometimes not far from the source just far enough to continue.Delete
I have enjoyed 'rewrites' of traditional stories, from The Wizard of Oz to Red Riding Hood. I think it must be an interesting challenge to keep the one side (Traditional telling) still clearly present, but give it that 'other-side' twist. Bravo!ReplyDelete
Thank you, most encouraging! And Yes, keeping to the intent of tale is most important using three sources helps.ReplyDelete