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I’m a storyteller

Filed in Writing Life by on June 1, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1827

I started my storytelling journey around the campfires and in the playhouses of my childhood–I was the person everyone begged to tell a new spin on La Llorona or The Hitchhiker or The Man With the Hook.

When I played one particular MMO RPG, people would ask me for stories–and I told them things like Hero and Leander and Echo and Narcissus and Theseus and the Minotaur.  And I told them stories from actual history, and people begged for more.  For a while, there was actually an unofficial semi-scheduled story time every night where I typed in stories live to requests!

Some people like to go on about how commercialization “cheapens” art.  But how is something art if no one wants to experience it?  Can’t we do something beautiful that people actually enjoy?  Writers talk about writing for their own self-satisfaction, but it’s easy for that to become frankly masturbatory, and the publication of such work often slides into sheer egotism.  If I wanted to make things just for myself, I could.  But there would be no reason to click publish.  And unless I think it’s something that other people will like, I feel that it’s actually insulting to readers to take their tastes into so little consideration.

In short, I’m not going to be ashamed that I like telling stories that people love to hear, and I believe there’s a value in that alone–whether you call it “resonance” or “commercialism!”

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V. M. Black is the creator of Aethereal Bonds, the sensual urban fantasy world that takes vampires, weres, and faes to a place they've never been.

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