It started on twitter:
greggvm However narrative and storytelling are defined, people know them when they “feel” them. Yes? No? @storyteling
Storyteling @greggvm I’m not sure since the definitions are “however”. I don’t think you can “feel” narrative for instance.
Storyteling @greggvm In order to “feel” narrative something has to stir an emotional arc into it. A story. Still, it’s not necessarily storytelling.
Storyteling @greggvm Just been thinking today that most of what people call storytelling is really story-delivery
Storyteling @greggvm In any case I’ll need more than twitter-space to explain that 🙂
greggvm @Storyteling I agree. I wrote something a few weeks ago about separating “story” from “telling” in terms of delivery mechanisms.
Eventually we (@greggvm is Gregg Morris on twitter) decided to continue on a more spacious platform. This is a conversation, everybody is invited to take part.
By now it’s rather obvious the terms “narrative” and “storytelling” are not defined in such a way many people agree on their definition. You can read phrases like “when you are involved with the storytelling of a culture, it’s narrative or the stories that make that culture what it is…” I can’t say I really understand what’s written here. Gregg was suggesting that whatever “it’s” called, we can know “it” when we feel “it”. Hmmm… there is a problem here.
As I said on twitter – In order to “feel” narrative something has to stir an emotional arc into it, a story. Still, it’s not necessarily storytelling. Literature can stir story in a narrative too. So can screenplay writing as can many other forms of expression that involve narrative.
Why do I call those forms story-delivery? because except than in storytelling and in addition to some other differentiators, those forms deliver a fixed text in a fixed form. It’s not really even story, we only got used to call it that way. The text or composition does not change if you sell the book in the US or the UK. If you sell in now and re-sell it in 10 years from now, its the same. In storytelling it’s never the same since the narrative changes a little every time you tell the composition.