The Art of Story

Winding Road

Do you tell stories or write words?

Writers use words. They are our primary tools. We hold them in our heads or roll them on our tongues or look them up in dictionaries. Words spill from our hands to the page; they are counted, kept in a cage. With words, we touch the business of writing.

Storytelling is not so easy to tame, still less to name. Storytelling deals with art. It is an ancient line that wraps itself around the galaxies, slinking in between the stars, running ahead, teasing me. Story makes me breathless as I shuffle my words, reaching for the line, trying to make it flesh.

Photo: A Line in the country near Allentown, NJ

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