…if yeez can write like a child tells a story, yeez are on to sum’thing… #TBSU…

…regular supporters of this blog will know this ol’ Jurassic spends most early mornings writing in the lobby of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel… it’s next door to where I live in Abu Dhabi… but there’s more attraction to my ‘writing den’ than just its proximity… the lobby is a fascinating place to watch and listen to people… and learn stuff… today was no exception… near the table where my laptop perches, a young Arabic family sat on a lounge settee… the daughter, who must be all of at least three years old, and smitten by the ‘can’t-sit-still-for-more-than-twelve-seconds’ virus rotated around her parents and older brother (an ancient lad of prob’ly five or six years vintage)… then, oh, the pleasure of it… she began to tell him a story… it matters not a jot the content of her tale… the beauty was, he was totally focused on her telling of it… and so was I… in the way that only a child seems to possess, a matter-of-fact series of statements became a saga… each elevation of the story was punctuated by a pause, the voice became a little louder, and the clincher, the bits in between her thought process and delivery,  where she says … ‘and..and..and…’ while her eyes grew wider and wider… then almost shrieked the punchlines… all the technique of the natural storyteller imbedded in one little child… sum’where along the way, I think most of yeez Lads and Lassies of Blog Land also have that in yer genes… the ability to build the expectation levels in the formation of the plot lines… to hold the reader or audience entranced with the ‘business’ of raconteurment… and the evident joy and delight the wee girl showed in getting to the end of her tale, well, we know what that feels like, right?… it was a great nudge to me and a reminder that the best stories often just go ‘free flow’ where yer imagination takes yeez… I’m just wond’ring if her parents would let her co-write for me?… just a thought … see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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22 responses to “…if yeez can write like a child tells a story, yeez are on to sum’thing… #TBSU…

  1. Kids are always the best story tellers, they’ve yet to be indoctrinated by life with all its hang-up’s!

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  2. We lose a lot of what is right and good in life when we’re no longer children Seumas.

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  3. There you have it. The magic of the story and the enthusiasm and passion in the telling…Lovely!

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  4. What an awesome way to start the day!

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  5. Oh my, how wonderful it is to feel that magic and joy!
    I can feel my eyes sparkling!

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  6. I love meeting natural storytellers. They have me enraptured.

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  7. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Meet New (to me) Authors Blog and commented:
    More words of wisdom from Seumas Gallacher and you KNOW he’s RIGHT don’t you? 😀

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  8. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    We often talk about making sure we tell stories to our children as they grow up but I seem to remember that as a child hearing “don’t make up stories – tell the truth!” A child’s imagination is a wonderful thing as this post illustrates and perhaps we should be the ones listening to a bedtime story – out of the mouths of babes….great blog to follow

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