Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Spirit of Storytelling

by Bill Johnson

I taught a Spirit of Storytelling workshop as a benefit for Elizabeth Lyon. I discovered something that's helped me a great deal with my new play that has lacked a quality of depth. During the workshop I asked the people attending to meditate and visualize someone who represented the audience for their story. Then, to have that person speak about why a particular story spoke to them.

A bit more to it than that, but it really opened my eyes to a deeper layer to the play. I realized when I meditate on a story (deep meditation for me takes 2-3 hours to get to a place of quiet mind), that I was calling on my own understanding, and not seeking that understanding from a story character or an audience to my story.

Still pondering it all.

Happy to reach another level of understanding.

Bill