Maggie Stiefvater is one of the authors that I have a great deal of respect for and a while ago she posted this:
I’m a storyteller, not a writer.
I used to think I was the latter, and then I thought I was the former because all of the former were the latter by default. Now that I’ve met bunches of both, I know they aren’t the same thing. I’ve met people who really and truly are purely writers. They write for themselves. They construct elaborate journals only for their own eyes. They would continue writing even if they never got a word published.
I am not that person. I write for an audience. For the reaction. To change people’s moods and hearts. And if I couldn’t write words, I’d tell stories in another way. I’d compose music or paint images or get into stand-up comedy to continue telling stories. For me, the equation isn’t complete until I’ve solved for audience.
Quoted directly from her Tumblr.
That’s me. I’m a storyteller, I write for the reaction, to have an impact on my audience, to know that I changed their world, if only for a moment. I’m exactly the same as her, if I couldn’t do this through the written word I’d find another way, dance, music, something.
I think that’s a lot of why I have so much trouble with this idea of writing something purely for me, something that will never see the light of day, where’s the fun in that? Don’t get me wrong, I adore the written word, I’ve given serious consideration to studying linguistics with a focus on semantics. Language is something I’m very passionate about.
You’ll likely see quite a few random scenes and snippets on here over the coming months, little stories that I hope touch you in some way. That’s how I relax and destress, and I hope, I’ll brighten some people’s days with them. My goal here it so help people, to make the world a little brighter, to inspire and aid people in their journey.
Are you a writer or a story teller?