Writers vs Storytellers

There are two kinds of authors in this word.
1) Writers
2) Storytellers 

Okay, so every author is a writer, and every author tells a story.
Some are just better at one way than the other.

Writers (Worship Worthy)
There are some authors that I don't care what their story is about, because the writing is so damn amazing it doesn't matter. The writers are poignant and include symbolism, and just everything they say really hits home. This is the kind of book that I am stunned upon finishing. Writers are the people who say things that we as people always think, but just don't say. The reader almost has a "did you just read my mind?" moment.

Some examples of people that I consider writers are John Green, Melina Marchetta, Sarah Dessen, Laini Taylor, and Sarah Ockler. 

I will read anything John Green ever writes. Upon finishing Looking for Alaska, I was literally MINDBLOWN. The emotion and intensity of the language was utterly beautiful. I had already loved and admired John Green as a person, through Nerdfighteria and the vlogbrothers videos, but now I can say this: John green pwns writing.
Same thing goes for Melina Marchetta, Sarah Dessen, and Sarah Ockler. The writing is so lyrical and meaningful and just LOVE.

And, Laini Taylor blew me away with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It's not a genre that I usually read, and I truly believe that I wouldn't have liked it as much if she hadn't written it. The writing is so gorgeous.

Storytellers  (Eh, it could go either way)
These are the authors, who while their writing may not be AMAZING, they sure have a fantastic story! These are the typical, action packed books that get made into movies later on. Their the stories that people tend to ignore the technical writing, and just get so utterly obsessed with the story and caught up in the actions.

People who I'd consider storytellers are Stephanie Meyer, Suzanne Collins, and James Dashner, just to name a few. 

Whether you're a TwiHeart or a TwiHater, please don't say you weren't obsessed with the story when you read it the first time around. Okay, maybe you really weren't but I guarantee most of you were. I was. Sixth grade me + Twilight = Obsessed. It's embarrassing *cringe*. Criticize SMeyers writing all you want, but she did write the kind of story that sucks a reader in. 

And then there's The Hunger Games. Now, I know some people will trash that book too, but I still love it on some level. Okay, it's not the best writing in the world, I'll give it that. And the ending was a massive disappointment. But what Collins did with that series was amazing. It took me somewhere I'd never been before, and had such a unique concept. And it totes started the dystopia trend in YA.

Full out Epicness
People, who in my opinion, have the whole package. They deserve to be worshipped.
-JK Rowling
-Richelle Mead
-Lauren Oliver
Just to name a few.

Where do you fall?
I think that everyone starts off a storyteller. Makes sense, right? It's easy enough to have a good story that you want to tell. And if you're a good enough storyteller, good enough in world building and crafting you're characters, than that's okay. Where the work comes in has to do with crafting the writing, and that takes time. I look at my first drafts now, and I laugh... my own writing has developed so much in the past two years. I myself am working toward becoming a writer. I want to one day publish a book that touches people the way my favorite books touch me.

Where do you stand?
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PS: This is the first *real* post I've done in forever. School is way too time consuming :P


Zoey Talbon said...

Meh. I consider Sarah Dessen more of storyteller because I love her stories but I'm not a fan of her writing. It's a bit too simple for me most of the time and I never know what ANYTHING looks like. :P

Paige said...

I'm def still in the story teller stage, like the low low part of that. I hope to one day work all the way up so I can touch people when they read my writing and really hit home with them.
But with every book I do, I improve. So hopefully in a few years I'll be a lot better!
Great post! I totally agree with everything you said.

Jenna and Ashley said...

Sarah Ockler has definitely got the writing craft down. And Sarah Dessen does make you have a lot of those moments where it's like she gets what's going on in your brain. I'm inspired to read Looking for Alaska now:) Did you know that Suzanne Collin's was originally a screen play writer (hence the non-stop action)?

Writing to touch people is hard to do. I'm in between right now. I feel like it has to start out with the story telling, but then by the sixth or seventh edit of the novel, the author should attempt to really write to inspire. One day I hope to get there!

-Jenna @ Fans of Fiction