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The "Art" of Storytelling

Next to laundry, the one constant in life, in the literary world at least, is many folks acting as soul crushing, communistic, ignorantly blind, editors. If I ever make a significant impact as an author or writer, or what I truly am --- a storyteller, perhaps people will take seriously what I say. Until that happens, I am probably viewed as some blowhard with a laptop and blog. Either way, what the hell...

As I stated, I am, at my core, a storyteller. I am not an essayist, or a technical writer, or an English professor, nor do I have any desire to be one. On my Amazon Author Page, and other places, I state this quite clearly.

I have one goal when I write. That goal is to tell a good story. Nothing more, and most certainly, nothing less. I use the written word to tell stories, because in expressing my art, it is this form with which I am most comfortable. As I am evolving, I strive to become better at my craft. When I write, whether it is in powerful, solid, short sentences, or overly descriptive and excessively grandiose prose --- all keystrokes, every choice of font, use of commas, perspectives, character names, and on and on, are chosen with the most deliberate of intent.

When crafting a story in written form, there are several tools available. Tools that allow us to do more than simply tell a tale. There are elements at our disposal to aid us in putting our readers directly into the story. Yet, because of outdated publishing standards, and fear of reviewers citing certain elements of style, we as artists, are bullied into submissive conformity.

I say enough!

Let's look at some of the tools we may utilize to better express our art and own our Author's Voice.

How about we begin with font? Thanks to Steve Jobs sitting in on a calligraphy class, our word-processing applications come loaded with a smorgasbord of fonts. These are available at the touch of a finger and enable us additional means to express ourselv