I think listening is a big part of storytelling. Listening to yourself and your thoughts, listening to others around you, observing the world as you encounter it and letting one moment inform the next until a story is born.
Last year, I saw a cat and my dog in a standoff, each eyeing the other, neither moving or giving ground, yet each energized, at high alert.
They stood like that for what seemed like a lifetime until, finally, the cat scampered off and, in that moment, a story was born.
I call it Marlon and the Scary Something and it was self-published just a few months ago. So stories await us, if we give ourselves time and a chance to imagine the possibilities.