I think a lot about how stories are meant to be interactive.
They are meant to be told person to person, face to face, or voice to voice.
The only stories that weren’t were historical records of fact.
And historical records of myth — which I would call reflections of emotional and cultural facts.
So telling a story when no is listening and responding, in the moment, can feel like a completely unnatural act.
On the one hand, taking the time to write in silence and seclusion, helps me find my voice, separate from the noise of the outside world.
On the other hand, I find out so much more about what I have to say, and how I want to say it, when I know someone is listening.