The most important thing you can learn about storytelling is how to tell the story. The next most important is how to tell your story.
You can learn all the mechanics and rules and they can be a chain to you. You can spend a lifetime being technically perfect and yet, like Frankenstein, still lack that essential spark.
I’ve been really getting into audio books recently. I love when authors read their own work. From Bourdain to Gaiman, you can hear their voice literally screaming to the pages. At that points, it’s not about checking all the boxes. It’s about crafting a story, whereupon reading, someone can say, “hey, you wrote that. It’s very you.”
We write to entertain, to express, to communicate, but there are a billion ways to do that. What way is unique to you? It’s the coolest thing, after hours and hours of trial and error, seeing yourself emerge from the pages.