Are you a story teller or a story writer?

@richiem (3646)
Philippines
August 31, 2008 8:36pm CST
How do you relay stories better? Spoken or written? I can tell a story better when I write it rather than when I speak it. I can say that I am more of a story writer. I express ideas better when written. When I speak of story, it seems people get confused of what the story is about. How about you? Are you a story teller or a story writer?
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
9 Sep 08
I am usually both. I depends on what I am telling or writing and how I feel about it. Sometimes it feels easier to tell a story. Sometimes to write it. Now that you got me thinking, I guess I can say that I tend to write a story more than tell a story, but I'm not sure if by preference or coincidence :)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I'm more of that teenagers who can make stories(lies) up as he is saying them and it sounds believeable (kinda).
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@teedyboo (56)
1 Sep 08
I am certainly a story-writer...in fact I would write everything I have to say if I could! I have always been quite shy and found public speaking impossible, and speaking with anyone other than friends and family very difficult. I hate using the phone as I find it hard to keep conversations going. If I could, I would choose to email someone over phoning them every time. With email I can draft what I want to say so that it comes out exactly right, whereas if I say it verbally then I have to hope that what comes out of my mouth isn't a load of nervous babble which leaves me looking like a red-faced fool after I've got all tangled up with what I'm trying to say. I'm so glad that I live in this technological age!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
1 Sep 08
Hmmm. I would like to think that I am not so bad at either actually! I come from a country where storytelling (especially with a good dose of BS!) is considered a very crucial part of getting together. I also have to do a lot of verbal presentations and the occasional speech at conferences etc due to my job so this also helps me to fine tune my storytelling in a sense. From the written perspective, writing is something I have to do indirectly as part of my job as well, so I guess I would like to think that I have had ample exposure and some success with both.
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I am afraid I am neither. However my husband can do both. And very well.He tells and writes childrens stories. They are truly wonderful. It is my hope one day, he will decide to have some published.
@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
I think I'm more of a story teller because as a magician I'm used to telling stories whenever I do my tricks. Sometimes when i write stories I express myself better but most of the time I tell the story
@teka44 (3425)
• Brazil
1 Sep 08
Hi richiem. I think both. I can write a story easily and can tell a story easily too. When my daughter was a child I did both and she liked it also her friends. I wrote same stories for her and kept these stories for my granchildren one day LOL. Cheers and have a nice day.
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
1 Sep 08
I'm definitely better with writing. When I'm speaking, I tend to speak too quickly and mess things up. I think good storytellers have well moderated voices and speak slowly. If I write, I can edit until it's perfect.
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Actually, both. When I have things to tell anything about I tell it. I also write things down too. I like to write things down for the family to read.
@singout (980)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I would say that I am a story writer. I express myself much better on paper and with paper. By that I mean this: I am also an actor and as long as I have a script in front of me I have the capability of making a script come alive. Even though I may be reading, it does not seem like I am reading. So I can both write and read a good story. Extemporaneous is not my bag.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
1 Sep 08
I have to say i am both a story teller and a story writer. I can narrate story quite well with all the necessary details and vivid descriptions complete with facial expressions and body english to make the audience understand better what i am saying. At the same time, when i put down in writing a story which i want to share to others, i appreciate the opportunity to take my time in writing down the details and going back to correct or to make the details more descriptive. In short i can be either depending on what the situatipn calls for.
@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
1 Sep 08
I don't write stories but I am an active storyteller to children adn sometimes to adults also! My ministry in the church is that of a Sunday School Teacher so I really have taken so much time to know the techniques of getting the attention of my audience when I would tell stories. Of course my subject would always be the Biblical stories. I love to tell stories to Children more because I see how responsive and interested they are when it comes to hearing my stories. When I tell stories, I make sure I am the most lively and energetic one in front of my audience. When sharing Bible stories with kids, I always make sure to include the big picture so that they could easily understand what I am talking about. I also would do actions necessary and use the high and low voice when needed. I also would sometimes change my voice to match that of the character who is talking in my stories. I also would call names in the audience while telling stories to involve the audience while I am doing that talking. That way I could keep their attention and could make the story telling a real enjoyable one.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
1 Sep 08
I'm equally bad in both.. haha =D BUt if i have to choose one, i will sya it's spoken ^_^ Because my writing often can get ple lost.. haha =D ANd if i speak, it will be slightly better as i can think and it comes out more naturally as if everything is like a screen in my mind and i only need to describe it.. hehe
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Hi Richiem, I can do either. I can tell a story or write, it doesn't matter. I enjoy doing both. Sometimes I too get a bit confused when I'm telling a story so it is easier to write it because you get to read it back and edit to see what you are leaving out. But when I'm in a hurry to tell someone about something that has happend I just as soon blurt it out! I actually need to start practicing my story writing again so that I can make some money selling my work. I used to write alot, but I haven't really done much for a long time. In fact I thought it was a good idea for me to be here on mylot to get some pracice on my writing skills. So far the only thing that I do well is answer discussions. I can't seem to even start any. So much for my writers block!lol
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
1 Sep 08
I tend to be an effective story teller when i use the verbal method... because that way i can use my whole body to immitate the gestures... and my face to show facial expressions... i would also change my voice from time to time... When it comes to writing the story... i tend to lose some words... and i can't help but make grammatical errors...
@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I have never been good at writing stories or really writing anything so I would definitely say when it comes to telling a story I am better at speaking it out loud even though sometimes people have trouble following my stories especially since I have a habit of speaking really fast,but in those cases I just try to slow my speech down so people can understand what I am saying.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
1 Sep 08
Hi richiem! I am more of a story teller I think. It's hard for me to start a story if I write it. I also tend to overdo the story if I put it in writting. Its like I'm putting so much details that is not necessary anymore. That's why I never have used a diary even if I wanted to. Many times when I was still young I have attempted to write on a diary but I get bored and kinda find it hard to get the right words for a starter. If I am going to write a story I have to be in a very very good mood which is hard to find and should've memorized the story in my mind to be able to write it. Ciao!
• Indonesia
1 Sep 08
i`m a good listener...hahaha...i think i`m a story teller
@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I guess I'm a decent story-teller, but I think I'm much better at story-writing. With writing I have all the time in the world to fine-tune and refine a story...spoken, I have to work at it a bit more.
@pkraj111 (2459)
• India
1 Sep 08
Both. I am good at telling stories in any language I know. As for I am good at writing in my local language. I ve been trying to write a strory in English, but always ending up writing in local language.