Storytellers will always be invaluable. They are even more important than writers in some ways. Writers write stories, but it takes a good storyteller to bring it to life.
Some might argue that we, as the stories writers, are the storytellers, but I beg to differ. While one can be both, a good storyteller can makes even stories he or she did not write sound intriguing.
I can think of at least four absolutely brilliant storytellers that I happen to know of somewhat personally. Sadly, one died this year, but his stories will live on in my heart forever. In a way, this article is dedicated to you, my dear Scorp. You had an uncanny knack for turning even the days hum-drum ruminations from work into a massive story of morality, and/or a profound commentary on the ambiguous psychology of the society around you.
In short, your anecdotes were morality plays, in and of themselves. You are greatly missed in this world, but I do hope that wherever you are, you are either regaling the spirit world with like anecdotes from your times in this mortal coil, or creating new ones in some unknown spiritual bliss.
Charlotte Kuchinsky is a fabulous storyteller that I first became familiar with as an editor. I am now thoroughly enjoying her more recent stories. Charlotte epitomizes the type of storyteller I just mentioned, who not only tells her own stories well, but can regale one with her brilliant re-telling of myths, legends, and folktales as well.
r. nunez is a writer I have only recently become acquainted with. However, the few stories I have read by him have left a great impression. I can’t wait to read more.
J.D. Cumberland never ceases to amaze me. Being his personal editor, reading his stories is in itself a very emotive experience. Even more amazing is hearing the man tell you the story before you actually read it. Not only could I read his stories over and over again, I believe the world should hear his condensed versions before the books are even released. They have a great impact because of his keen ability to briefly condense his voluminous thoughts into a brief synopsis that is a classically styled story in and of itself.
Since I don’t really read a great deal of fiction for pleasure, the fact that a storyteller can make an impact on me in the way they relate their stories is a “telling” statement indeed. The world needs more great storytellers such as these. They transform the world into words in a manner that makes me long for that world. I truly enjoy the glimpse I get of it, as they literally transport me there through the astonishing vehicles they have devised.
Source : Based on personal experiences as an editor for both websites and private clients, and as an avid reader as well.