Monday, 21 August 2006

Story telling versus story writing

By Shawn

The focus of this post is on the differences involved in creating the story. Does the way we create a story affect its nature? Or put another way, How does story telling differ from story writing when creating a story?

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I picked up this quote “We always know more than we can tell and we will always tell more than we can write down.” and am mindful of Shawn's remark: More and more narrative practitioners will rely on story writing to capture stories because it’s a cheaper and scalable approach. But in using this approach we must be mindful of what we are losing in the process and be aware of how the stories might change when they are written down. More importantly, will some types of stories never be written at all?

My focus on this post is to look at the synchronocity: telling as Shawn pointed out is spontaneous where as writing is deliberate, measured and have opportunities for several revisions. Obviously, as pointed by Shawn, these processes activate different cognitive features. As we move onto online learning, whether it is using blog, asynchronous conference or other means, we are mostly using "writing" as the main instrument of narration. I suggest this would activate deeper analytical veiw on the subject matter. However, we may also lose some of the richer interaction that may be required by the subject matter.

This is a point worth giving a more thoughts.

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