I am a horrible storyteller. I am one of those people who starts a story, then stops, then starts again, only to finally say that I don't really remember exactly what happened.
My other storytelling problem is that I give way too much extraneous information. If the story is about how the cashier at the grocery was really rude to me (which happens all the time at a mega-store that shall remain unnamed), I somehow feel it is important to include all sorts of details about:
- what I was shopping for
- how naughty or well-behaved the children were
- what day of the week it was
- what I was wearing
These details have nothing to do with the point of the story (the rudeness of the cashier), yet they come flying unbidden from my mouth. I hear them as they exit my mouth, and I know they are superfluous, yet I cannot keep them from being said. I am actually annoyed that I am giving needless information that has nothing to do with the point of the story, but still the words come.
You might be sitting at your computer thinking . . ."yes - this whole post is extraneous!" I'm sorry. You're probably right, but I had to get it off of my chest. Just remember this post the next time I am talking to you. I really want to be short and to the point, but it seems like a lofty goal. Be patient with me.