Ruth Sawyer says:

ruthsawyer“To be a good storyteller,
one must be gloriously alive.

It is not possible to kindle
fresh fires from burned-out embers.

I have noticed that the best
of the traditional storytellers

whom I have heard have been
who live close
to the heart of things —

— to the earth, the sea, wind and weather.

They have been those who know solitude, silence.

They have been given
unbroken time to feel deeply,

to know the power of the spoken word.”