If there is such a thing, the women in my family do not have it.
My grandmother, mother, sisters, and I are TERRIBLE at telling stories and relating anecdotes. I don’t really know why, but any story started by one of us will inevitably end with someone listening saying in a sarcastic tone, “Good story.”
Here’s what we do. We begin telling the story in the middle, then realize we’ve left out important information so we have to start over at the beginning. But before telling the entire beginning, we go back to the middle. We don’t realize we haven’t told the entire beginning until we’re almost at the end.
It’s like Marlon in Finding Nemo. He is trying to tell a joke about a clown fish and he just can’t get started. If you’ve seen the movie and you know the scene, that’s what its like trying to listen to my mother, sisters, or I when telling a story.
My brother, on the other hand, is absolutely hilarious. He is the best story-teller I know. I think all the Storytelling DNA my parents had built up and waited until he was created (he’s the youngest).
I think my lack of oral storytelling skills prevented my writing earlier in life. I assumed that since I couldn’t SPEAK a story out loud, there was no way I could WRITE a story down.
But here’s the great thing about writing. EDITING! I can write the story, get all the beginnings and middles and endings sorted out in my head before I share it with anyone else. And I’m not too shabby at that. At least, I hope I’m not.
So I think from now on, I’ll be writing my anecdotes down and editing them before trying to share with others! That’s what my pen is for, after all.