A while back, one of the Let’s Blog Off topics was storytelling and what makes a good story. I chose not to participate because I did not really know how to answer this question. After a few weeks of stewing on the topic, I think I have stumbled upon my answer.
Having spent the majority of my adult life in college, I am used to writing. Granted, I am not too great at it, but at least I try my best. College term papers & essay exams are analytical by nature – e.g. compare & contrast, list the x number of qualities, etc. They don’t really focus on storytelling. (English & literature majors may have a different experience, but I am not familiar with it. I avoided those classes like the plague.)
Storytelling, I believe, is like letter writing. It is a dying art. Many people are more focused on facts and figures than on creating a narrative. I wish schools would focus more on storytelling. Maybe society would be more relaxed. Who doesn’t love a good tale? I know I do.