I am a writer.
There. I’ve written it into existence, therefore it is. But I think we’ve all known what I am for a very long time. Sometimes, however, I have to say it or write it to make sure that it’s true. Something about believing what you see.
So let’s try this again.
I believe I am a writer.
Now that’s a statement that begins a journey. Here’s another one:
I am a storyteller.
That’s different than being a writer because where a writer is interested in things such as word counts and audience reaction, story tellers live to tell a great story.
Not that there’s anything wrong with writers and word counts, having boundaries makes you more creative. But when I tell a story, my duty isn’t to the audience or the reader, though I’m happy you’re along for the ride. When I tell a story, it’s about the characters and their reaction to the plots and circumstances I put them in.
That’s the difference between a writer and a storyteller. In case you’re wondering.