I’ve been a storyteller all my life. When I was five, my mom had me write a story to learn my spelling words. Each part of the story had to include the spelling word for that day. It started out okay; I actually used the spelling word in each section. I would tell her the story, and she wrote it down into a little notebook.
The story was basically a mish-mash of all my favorite parts of The Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones. It had battles, monsters, scary rope bridges, snow; everything I could think of. But eventually it didn’t have any of my spelling words.
That’s about when my mom stopped writing it for me, because I was supposed to be learning spelling, not writing stories. But since then, I haven’t stopped writing or telling stories.
I used to play with LEGOs all the time, but when I wasn’t building LEGO models, I was using them to tell stories. Some might call it playing, but I call it storytelling. My first book evolved from the Rock Raiders series of LEGOs, which I used to play with all the time.
I used to play games with my friends where we would pretend to be spies or soldiers or whatever we thought of. It was usually a lot of running around shooting each other, but there was always that element of story. There was character. And there was interactivity.
I couldn’t stop being a storyteller even if I wanted to. Sure, writing is hard sometimes, and there can be months at a time where I don’t sit down to write one word of fiction, but my brain is a storytelling machine that I can’t turn off. I tell stories about the boring things that happened to me at work or school, I tell sarcastic stories that I make up, and, occasionally, I write long stories that eventually become books. I’ve done this three times in the past, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
I’ve written a lot about interactive storytelling, because the whole idea is fascinating to me. It has forced me to think a lot about the basics of a story and the process of storytelling.
I have also spent a lot of time learning about filmmaking and screenwriting, and I have worked on a YouTube webseries called The Trifecta. I was the Director of Photography and Editor.
Even though I have looked into other mediums for storytelling, there will always be a special place in my heart for the written word. Physical, paper books will always be the medium I focus most of my time on.
So enjoy my blog, and come back often because I am going to continue to blog about storytelling, interactive storytelling, writing, filmmaking, and whatever else pops into my head to write about. If you like what you see, leave me a comment! I always enjoy hearing back from people. Or, if you’re not into comments, check out my Twitter or even my Facebook.