This has to be one of the finest explanations of the difference between storytelling and writing that I have seen in a long time, and no, I'm not partial because she is my agent. I love it when Weronika writes about writing, and I read everything she has to say on the subject, because I always learn something from her.
Her ability to detail what makes a well-written, well-told story is phenomenal. Concise and with clear examples, Weronika talks about the writer's vision, story arcs, and she also gives some superb editing tips. If you want a clue into my writing/editing process, check out Weronika's post On Compactness at WriteOnCon.com:
Compact writing manifests when the writer puts words on the page with courage, direction, and intention; when every word is critical to and organic in the building of the scene, and ideas are introduced quickly without overwhelming readers. The best writers layer each of their scenes, considering the framework of their chapters, and then they undergo harsh line edits to rid their works-in-progress of all unnecessary components. Compactness is not a matter of words alone, of each sentence having purpose. It’s also a matter of storytelling—the rise of events and tension in each paragraph, scene, chapter, and part, and in the novel as a whole. [READ MORE]