I’ve always believed in the power of storytelling—its ability to transport or even transform a person through the words on a page, the images on a screen, or the lyrics in a song.
It’s not always easy, though, putting worlds together with a pen, a keyboard, or a camera.
There are the bills to pay, the day jobs, and the endless distractions that surround the modern-day storyteller.
My own writing has been the product of late nights and weekends. My world-building occurs during commutes, showers, or household chores.
And that’s the reality that many storytellers must face.
But we just keep building our worlds all the same.
I’m posting this blog as a writing exercise. I’ve spent the last fifteen years writing when and where I can, and always working on a fantasy story I’ve had brewing in my mind.
My focus has often been on fan-fiction, and I’ve had people laugh at me for it. They want to know why I’m not writing “my own story.”
But I’ve since realized they don’t understand. They wouldn’t laugh at an athlete for doing stretches before running a marathon.
All of my writing has helped me to learn how to tell stories. I’ve had opportunities to play with tenses and point of view. I’ve taken what I know about characters from films or television and thrown them into new situations, helping me to dive into characters’ thoughts and actions.
I’ve built smaller worlds, working within my time constraints, and I’ve become a stronger writer because of it.
But enough of my opinions on that matter. On this site, I’ll let the stories tell themselves, and you can decide whether I’ve done sufficient warmups, or if I need to run a few more laps.
I’m always open to feedback on my work, so please feel free to reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter @VA_Gale_Author. I’ll tweet whenever a new story posts, and I’ll appreciate any constructive criticism received.
For my last comment on this subject—I believe that stories are meant to be told. I wouldn’t consider myself a storyteller if I didn’t share what I wrote with someone, and that means the people who read my stories are a vital part of the equation.
To that end—thank you. Thank you for keeping storytelling alive by continuing to read one more page, one more chapter, or one more book.
And know that I mean it when I say, “Thank you for reading.”
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