by Daniel Nkado
Many days ago, someone asked me on Facebook why I choose to call myself a storyteller and not a writer.
He seeks to know if there is any difference.
Now to answer my dear friend’s query, here are some of the differences between a writer and a storyteller.
1. Writers think and think, write and write, and erase and erase. A storyteller would pick something from his/her story basket [whatever it should be called], sits down to share with his/her audience.
2. Writers aim to impress. Storytellers aim to entertain.
3. Writers concern themselves with things like “form” and “vocabulary” and “grammar”. Storytellers do not know the rules.
4. Writers can kill you with their words. Storytellers will create a bloodthirsty demon; a werewolf, or a scary witch and send them after you.
5. Writers love to tell you all that happened. Storytellers will tell you only the things they want you to know.
6. Writers love and do a lot of big words, and often want to teach. Storytellers want to learn your language and tell you his story in it.
7. Writers put so much of themselves into their writing. Storytellers prefer to tell other people’s stories.
8. Writers transform reality to fiction. Storytellers transform fantasy to reality.
9. Writers do a lot of research. Storytellers do a lot of imagination.
10. Writers are very patient beings. Storytellers fight boredom all the time.
11. Writers have no problem spending three paragraphs describing and describing. Storytellers aren’t fully sure what paragraphs are.
12. Writers desperately seek to please their superiors. Storytellers seek only to please their audience.
13. Writers often tend to think no one else can do what they do. Storytellers know there are many like them all over the world.
14. Writers watch their words all the time. Storytellers watch their audience instead.
15. While reading a writer’s work, you will get fascinated by the beauty of the words. But when reading a storyteller’s work, you’d be too occupied to notice.
16. For a writer, every experience is a cue. Storytellers can see and hear the unreal.
17. Writers go to many schools. Storytellers go to many worlds.
I would love to see your comments, agreeing or conflicting—bring them on!