Pick a word.
Great stories can delight and challenge us, open our minds, and empower us. They can bring us to dark places and help us escape to brighter ones. Our favorite storytellers are the asymmetrical thinkers, who surprise us with tales that are new and bold and unexpected.
Which Famous Storyteller Are You?
So who are you anyway?
IN BED, UNDER THE COVERS ON A COLD WINTER NIGHT
Where would your ideal place to write your story?
COTTAGE ON THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE
CENTRAL NEW JERSEY
ISOLTED APARTMENT IN UPSTATE NEW YORK
THE HILLS OF SNOWY VERMONT
SHOOFLY PIE/ DANDELION GREENS
Pick a lunch.
HOT DOGS AND BLONDIES
MASHED GOOSELIVERS IN DOUGHNUTS
FRIED EGGS AND MANGU (MASHED PLANTAINS)
KALE SALAD WITH VINEGAR AND EGGS
Which contemporary storyteller would you want to give the eulogy at your funeral?
A VIVID SHADE OF EMERALD OR MAYBE FOREST
What does "it ain’t easy being green,” mean to you?
END THIS QUIZ
SOMETHING WITH MONSTERS
IT’S THE ANSWER TO A JOKE YOU WOULDN’T GET
NOT QUITE AS ENVIABLE AS BLUE
DIRECTOR OF A NON-PROFIT
What were you in another life?
MAN’S FATAL FLAWS
Where do you draw inspiration?
THE HUMAN CONDITION (AND MY BRAIN, OF COURSE)
NERDS, LONERS & GEEKS
LOL WHO CARES?
I TRUST MY READERS TO GET ME
DRAW ABOUT IT
I’M NOT WRITING FOR CRITICS, I’M WRITING TO SHARE A STORY PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR
So you’re not being met with critical success. What’s the next move?
KEEP DOING ME
PLAY SOME MOOD MUSIC AND STARE ANGRILY INTO SPACE
DO SOMETHING CREATIVE, LIKE DRAW, TO GET YOUR MIND OFF IT
PEN A LONG BLOG POST VENTING YOUR FRUSTRATIONS FOR OTHERS TO RECOGNIZE
REPLY WITH A JOKE. NOTHING THAT CAN’T BE SOLVED WITH A LITTLE DARK HUMOR
RETREAT TO YOUR SAFE SPACE, FAR AWAY FROM OTHERS, AND BROOD
Someone tells you some bad news related to current events. Your initial instinct is to:
WRITE A VAGUE STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS FACEBOOK POST THAT YOU MAY LATER TURN INTO A PIECE OF PROSE
Mary Shelley combined her knowledge of romanticism and mythology to become the creator of Frankenstein (pun intended). Just as Shelley is often credited as the first science fiction writer, you are an original thinker who is not afraid to break the mold. You are quietly unassuming, and may surprise your peers with hidden talent and insight, just as some question if Shelley actually wrote Frankenstein herself. Telling stories within stories within stories may be an exceptionally strong skill of yours. Don’t be afraid to go to a quiet, secluded spot if it means producing your best, most astonishing work.
David Foster Wallace is heralded as one of the greatest writers of his generation; someone who is known for his long words and longer sentences, with works that are as famously hard to read as they are famous, with thinking behind them that can only be described as genius. You are a cerebral person as well, one who writes deeply about seemingly simple things. You keep notebooks with pages on pages of streams of consciousness, traversing complex concepts and worlds without common formulaic narrative structures. Your acronyms and jargon may risk being misinterpreted or misunderstdood, but ramble on — you know that literature is the only thing that matters in this life.
You’re not afraid to cut through the bullshit. Like Junot Diaz, you speak (and write) authentically. Whether you combine Spanish and English to tell the life’s story of a “ghetto nerd," or you’re writing a children’s book on Dominican girls in the Bronx, you stay busy representing people who don’t see themselves in literature. Protagonists are right in front of you — don’t be afraid to draw from them and tell their stories, especially if no one around you is. And don’t change your voice or shy away from challenging people; trust that they’ll get you* just how you are. *Or it’ll go over their heads.
Congratulations, there’s no greater honor. Your storytelling power is reminiscent of Toni Morrison, an author who combines delicate lyricism and magical realism with truths almost too painful to face. Your magnificent linguistic skill allows you to shine a light on topics others are loathe to face. Do more than defy convention — use all the tools in your arsenal, from history to vivid language, to push readers to deeply reflect on society. And with all that brain power, great thinkers tend to flock to you, so even if you’re not a storyteller yet, you can still give other storytellers a platform, like Morrison did when she began her career as a publisher.
Roald Dahl is the author of some of the most beloved stories around the world. Readers of all ages enjoy the whimsy and dark comedy in his fiction. Like Dahl, you have a fantastic imagination and may be easily distracted by out-of-the-box ideas for stories — but that’s only because you have so many diverse interests. Some people may accuse you of never growing up, but you’ll just use them as inspiration for the youth-sucking, children-hating villain you’ve been scribbling about. Continue to learn from life and embrace every opportunity that arises — you never know which incredible new experience will strengthen your storytelling ability.
Alison Bechdel is best known for three things: the syndicated comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, her graphic memoir Fun Home, and the name behind the “Bechdel Test,” which feminist media viewers use to determine whether a production appropriately features women. Like Alison, you combine memory, classic references, and nostalgia to create an affect for your audience that makes them question the very nature of their existence. You are an old soul who has been able to thrive in the digital age, somehow. Though you may often worry about your lack of a “real job,” know that your clever wit will come in handy in situations you could not foresee. (P.S. If someone wants to make your life’s work into a Broadway musical, let them.)