Storyteller Lost in Stories

Storyteller Lost in Stories

Storytelling, it’s a gift, an art, not taught nor acquired but grown. To tell a story is to live the story, to be the characters and feel the events, to hold the strings yourself but give them to your characters when needed. To tell a story is to learn the language of the people – not necessarily in writing, and there are a million ways to write, but in painting, in arts, in simply speaking.

My greatest storyteller is Granny. The greatest story is me.

There is no need for modesty, but there is no  need to be arrogant either. We are all our own greatest stories. We live us, and, often, others. We live and breathe the characters we encounter. We hold our own strings and pass them to others when we can’t participate in the play any more. We tell our stories in gossip, in diaries, in blogs, on twitter, in tears while we shower, and in our prayers or hangovers.

We’re walking books, being read and reread, by ourselves and others. I write a lot, though my English hasn’t been particularly getting better, but that doesn’t really matter to me right now. I haven’t read books for long, but that’s another story.

I have a twitter diarrhea, and when I’m not, I am writing elsewhere. I have my note book. I have my iPhone notes. I even have, believe it or not, a secret blog somewhere else where I rant in short bursts about stuff I wouldn’t write about here. I tell stories in photos, while talking, and I make stories while listening to music. I create videos in my head, collages of images or people, with the music. I repeat a song several times until I make the right mental clip for it. And I am sure some of you do that too, or do it in other ways.

My story now is at a standstill – it’s the long stretch of events that don’t make sense in a book. The boring chapters or often the mentally draining chapters you want to get rid of very soon and move on to the new stuff. But you know you cannot skip these chapters because the ending won’t make much of a sense without this subtle built up. Like a cook describing to you what are the ingredients and then sitting there making you wonder what he will end up cooking.

Though, if I were you, I will take those and make my own recipes. There is a finite amount of ingredients, anyway. Lots of stories to tell.

  • http://www.missarafat.com/ Rula A.

    Yes Kinan you do have the gift.. I love telling stories with pictures.. I find that magnificent..

  • https://twitter.com/t_hamza Hamza Taha

    you've said it all in this sentence…

    ” I create videos in my head, collages of images or people, with the music. I repeat a song several times until I make the right mental clip for it. And I am sure some of you do that too, or do it in other ways.”

  • http://hamdanism.wordpress.com/ Hamdanism

    I just wrote about Heroism in general and how everybody is a protagonist in their own life.

    No matter how things go in the future, I'd like my story to be worth reading.

  • http://www.missarafat.com/ Rula A.

    Why don't you get a job that is related to that.. Like Books, Art reviewer or an editor for a magazine a magazine or a newspaper..

  • kinano

    It is exactly this feeling of being in suspended animation; alive but not really. It will haunt you for the coming year or so. I've been feeling as if I have been deposited in a “Pending” mail box for the past year and a half and I cannot wait for that feeling to be shaken off!

  • jarofjuice

    Thank you Rula :) picture storytelling is a fantastic craft

  • jarofjuice

    We all do my friend. I will get to your blog soon

  • jarofjuice

    Since you listen to Elissa and Fadl Shaker I can only imagine what you
    come up with!

  • jarofjuice

    This pending box is an absolute disaster on mental processes. I truly
    feel like a rat locked in a maze. When a door opens it soon closes.
    And I have keys to some doors but I don't know how to use them!

  • jarofjuice

    When I first graduated I applied for three months to many such jobs. I
    got one phone call and never heard back. It's not that I'm
    disheartened but typically you have to explain why the career switch
    and present a good enough argument for them to take you over a
    seasoned candidate, especially now with people hiding behind the
    recession veil

  • scarequoter

    And this story deserved to be retold.

  • Mouna

    loved this :)

  • umlulu

    the question is where is the secret blog :P

    nice post.. grandmas always have lots of stories and i dont mind hearing then 1000 times

  • jarofjuice

    No you won't know where my secret blog is :P

    But if you visit my house and read the dedications inside some of the
    books I have you can figure it out lol

  • jarofjuice

    :)