Getting Things Off Their Chest – George Heymont – San Francisco-based arts critic

Great storytellers don’t just pop out of nowhere. Their skills are built over years of practice sculpting words and phrases before live audiences as they seek the hidden musicality of their words and the underlying rhythms in their speech. As each story is repeated, a polishing process quietly takes place as the storyteller learns what works and what doesn’t work, which moments are extraneous and can be cut from the narrative.