We all know that the images in our heads are the cores of the stories we tell. There are those of us who are also madly in love with words.
When I am working on a story (often by looking at the images in my head and muttering to myself) I sometimes up up with the perfect phrase -- an absolute string of pearls!
I used to try and remember that perfect phrase so that I could use it when I was actually telling a story but that never worked out.
What's a teller to do when that perfect phrase turns elusive?
It helps me to remember that I am not in the business of creating strings of pearls. When I am going around muttering about my story, I am in the business of digging a well -- a well full of every possible way to describe that picture in my head. That string of pearls will be in there somewhere, along with a whole lot of other phrases. What comes out when I actually tell? That's up to the audience, the circumstances, and the story itself. If I've done my work and created a nice well full of possibilities, that string of pearls actually might emerge on its own.
NOTE: While I had planned to do a telling tip and a story reflection in each blog post, it has occured to me that my strategy will make for really long posts. So I'm going to alternate. Today it's a FMITTYIT telling tip. Next time I'll tell you about the old man from New Mexico.