Kristine Renee Farley in a screen shot from Hell is Full (Big Biting Pig Productions 2010).
When I teach writing, I ask my students if they’ve told any stories recently. Most of them shake their heads. Then I ask a few questions. I prompt them. Did you talk to your best friend today? To your mom? Did you tell them anything at all? Did you talk about the weird guy sitting next to you? Or the soup you had for lunch that burned your tongue? Or the power going out last night?
They realize then that they have told stories. Many stories. They (and you, and I) tell stories almost every time we open our mouths. Try to go a whole day without telling a story, even to yourself, even in your own head. It’s nearly impossible. People want stories. They crave stories. They can’t help but see the…
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