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Monday, 11 June 2007

Slow Stories (and Story Submissions)

One of the personal pleasures of this blog is choosing entries on the day I prepare the coming week’s stories for publication, usually on Saturday or Sunday. I do read each one as they arrive by email, but not as carefully as on prep day.

Then I read them word-for-word, comma-by-comma absorbing the stories while checking for typos and conforming the styling to Time Goes By requirements which apply to this blog as well: only enough commas to make sense of the sentence (the web doesn’t like a lot of punctuation); spell out numbers through ten; dashes instead of ellipses which are saved for omitted words and trailing sentences; re-paragraphing for ease of reading; and such. I never change the writing.

It has always been said that people don’t read on the web, they scan. True enough for me most of the time, but prepping the stories forces me to slow down and then the stories come more alive and resonate more deeply. There is a difference we should all keep in mind between reading to gather information and reading for pleasure, for the layers and hidden meanings that exist in storytelling.

A reminder – yes, again – that The Elder Storytelling Place is your blog. It needs a continual infusion of your stories to survive. The word limit is about 750. You retain the copyright. Stories may have been published on a blog, another website or magazine, but not a book. Other guidelines are here.

Back to storytelling tomorrow.

Posted by Ronni Bennett at 02:37 AM | Permalink | Email this post


This is a lovely story, Judy. Some of what you write about your exposure to the woods and outdoor life with critters is something with which I can easily identify. I can picture the scenes you describe. Did we know as youth just how lovely some of our experiences really were or just how quickly those years would pass?

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