What do I associate with the word storytelling?
- history and the future
- reflection of an event or time looked at thru heart and soul
- colors, textures, voices, music – whether it is actual or in words
- tales to explain to others visions and beliefs
- people I know, want to know, or really don’t know at all
Storytelling is an art work and a medium that communicates to others ideas, feelings, and possibilities in a way that engages the senses and emotions.
There are a few individuals who made storytelling memorable to me. My Dad and my father-in-law. Both were able to captivate and hold interest as they would tell stories of family and life. They both created their own stories and built them from their own experiences rather than just being good narrators of other’s stories.
When you add digital to storytelling it captures those stories as well as adds visuals, sound, and messages that words alone can not. Digital allows sharing to more people. Oral history and great storytellers of long ago are memories – but we do not have their gifts to pass on to others. With digital stories sharing is exponential.