You don’t think I am a writer? Then just call me a story-teller. Who am I? I am a story-teller. I tell stories, I write stories. I am inspired by my environment and from within. I can tell stories all day. So you still think I am not a writer, I am not disputing it; I won’t even go into an argument with you but be sure that I am a story teller.
You know what, I am not an editor. Another thing is that an editor is not a story-teller. But can you also say I am not a good story-teller, there you miss! Have you read the Bible and some other traditional history books? If you have, maybe you don’t have knowledge of how those books came about. They are written by men who had no knowledge of diction, grammar, verbs, nouns, tense. They were not editors, but they were great story tellers.
Story tellers have written stories read from from generation to generation. From one century to the other, the stories written by story tellers have been edited by editors. Most of these works were not originally written in English language. It has taken the work of editors to rewrite the stories into the various versions we have today. Some have even been translated into various languages. Take for instance the King James version of the bible it still remains a difficult version to read. Because it is one of the earliest versions of the bible and was written when the so-called tenses, verbs and other proper grammars were not in use. But I tell you that this version of the bible till date is still read by people all over the world, even with all the new easy to read versions.
Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, images and sounds, often by improvisation or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation and in order to instill moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot, characters and narrative point of view. (Wikipedia).
Since people began to communicate with each other, “Tell me a story” has been a request of both children and adults. Storytelling is one person telling others of something. The story can be of a real event or it can be made up. Storytelling is often a part of our everyday conversations.
Storytelling is one of the earliest forms of folk art. Storytelling probably first consisted of simple chants that praised the dawn, expressed the joy of being alive, and were used to ease the drudgery and boredom of laborious tasks. Later the storyteller became the community entertainer by combining their stories with poetry, music, and dance. The storyteller also evolved into the group historian. This was the beginning of professional storytelling.
So I can pay an editor who is interested in rewriting my work. That’s the work of an editor I guess, to rewrite what has been written, to ensure that it is free of improper tenses and grammatical errors and maybe even translate into other languages!
You still think I am not a writer? Alright, just call me a story teller. So when next you see me just call me a story-teller, maybe someday I will become a writer.