This is going to be a split-personality blog. The first section is something I found interesting in the June 22, 2009 issue of TIME magazine. The other comes from a recent program at a writers’ meeting.
First, from TIME magazine: "If every household in the U.S. replaced just ONE 500-sheet roll of virgin fiber toilet paper a year with a roll made from 100% recycled paper, nearly 425,000 trees would be saved annually." At the end of the article is this line: "Yes, recycled TP is not the world's softest, but. . .ask yourself whether it's really worth tapping an ancient forest to create the ultimate disposable product." (Page 97)
There are some paper items I cannot do without. Books head that list. However, using recycled napkins, paper towels and toilet paper is an easy ways to keep our forests IN the forest and to insure there’s still paper for all of our novels. When you consider that our ancestors used catalogs and that much of the world has no idea what toilet paper is, I bet we’re tough enough to do this.
Secondly, in our last writers’ meeting, we discussed the difference between a storyteller and a writer. A writer concentrates on words, putting together a book through language. A writer uses beautiful words and images that convey emotion and setting.
As you might guess, a storyteller tells a story. What happens to the characters, conveying their emotions, is most important to the storyteller, not the words used to tell it.
Both are wonderful. If storytellers also have a way with words and images, what terrific books they write. But, according to the women who gave this program, most authors are one or the other.
Which kind of author are you more likely to read? Can you think of—and share—examples of books you’ve enjoyed AND if you believe the author is a writer or a storyteller? I’d really be interested to know and will send a copy of one of my books to one of you if five or more readers are willing to share OR if you can guess my favorite storyteller. HINT: she’s writing novels now.