04 March 2013

Better Writer or Storyteller?

Results of writing survey at Plot Whisperer page on Facebook asking:

Are you a better writer than storyteller?
Storyteller than writer?
Great at both?

The majority of writers indicate they feel themselves better writers than storyteller. Many writers who answered thus bemoaned that they aren't better storytellers. "When I read books, I think to myself -- how can I ever get this amount of words and intricate ideas onto paper," writes one writer. Another writer wrote, "better writer...sigh."

One writer points out the "difficulty about the question is that we can't objectively judge" the quality of our writing style -- "the only real test is to be read," and now in the digital age "we can begin to have some idea of whether we can really communicate a good story."

Oral storytelling came up with a couple of writers though the intent of the survey was to assess your strength between the two written acts.

A writer points to what she sees as a "large group of writers who think "good writing" is all about style and that story is separate."

So, let me ask you:

Are you a better writer than storyteller?
Storyteller than writer?
Great at both?

Answer on:
Plot Whisperer on Facebook
Plot Whisperer on Twitter

1) Feature Article:
Emotional Elements of Plot
Showing how a character feels fuses the relationship between characters and the audience or reader. Showing how the character transforms delivers on the promise of your story. Learn the difference. Plot tips how and where to develop transformational emotional maturity. Read the entire article:

2) Plot Webinar: 
Join me virtually on March 6th to Track Your Plot at the Scene Level, webinar hosted by the Writers Store.

Knowing what to write where in a story with a plot allows for a more loving relationship with your writing. Whether writing a first draft or revising, if you falter wondering what comes next in a story with a plot, follow the prompts in The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing.

Today, I write.

To familiarize yourself with the basic plot terms used here and in the PW Book of Prompts:
1) Watch the plot playlists on the Plot Whisperer Youtube channel.
2) Read The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master
3) Fill out the exercises in The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories
4) Visit:
Blockbuster Plots for Writers
Plot Whisperer on Facebook

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