I found this thought provoking “Are you a writer or a storyteller?” idea in Renée Rosen’s guest post over at The Writers Dig.
She suggests that if an author’s prose is so poetic that it stops you cold on the page, in awe at the brilliance of the words and you don’t care if the plot is weak, that person is a writer. Language and craft carry the day.
Maybe another author tells rather than shows and is prone to cliché but the hook and plot are so gripping you can’t stop reading. That’s a storyteller.
I don’t consider my prose awe-inspiring, so I guess I fall into this category even though I pay attention to showing and avoid clichés.
What do you think? Do you want to be a writer or a storyteller?
Trick question! Rosen suggests, and I agree, that we should strive to be both. We’re not saying that’s easy, or even that many have achieved it, but it is something to strive for.