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Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world. Robert McKee
Listening to Margaret Atwood on YouTube last night she tells us writing is hope. It is hope we will finish what we started. It is hope what we spent all this time on will be good and worth reading. It is hope it will get out into the world and we hope it will get read once it gets there.
Writing is a way to make sense of the world. In fiction, we makeup stories or take a nugget of life and turn it into something else and if we do it well our lies tell the truth of life. In books we understand not just what happens, the choices someone made, but why they made those choices.
My mother tells me about someone who is in the hospital and is only allowed, two visitors. His mother drives a long way to see him and she isn’t one of the visitors he chooses to see. There could be a complete novel in how that relationship got to that particular moment. Would this be the inciting incident that starts the book, would it be in the middle, or at the end?
Life is full of moments, and writers take those moments and weave them into their books, and even when a character might be based on someone it isn’t based only on them. Life in novels has to be bigger, full of more challenges and problems than real life. Often characters in books grow more than we seem to in real life. They see the light and sometimes we see it through characters we read about when we didn’t notice it in real life.
Life is a marathon and so is writing. If our goal is to become rich and famous we may be disappointed. If our goal is to write, to tell our stories, and we do, what we get out of it will be more than what we put in. Writing changes us when we write and it changes us when we read. Much of the change that happens in our lives will be the result of the books that we read and the actions we take. Reading books shapes our thinking in big and small ways. Books teach us about the human condition and help us understand ourselves and others on a deeper level.
Last night I was listening to another author on YouTube Jerry B. Jenkins he’s written 190 books in forty years. I thought I hadn’t read any of his books, but I read some of the Left Behind series and maybe others because he writes in multiple genres biography, self-help, romance, mystery, science fiction, and young adult. Now, that is a writing career.
Fiction has a unique role in conveying Truth. In fact, only fiction that is Truth with a capital T is worthwhile. Jerry B. Jenkins
There are so many books out there we may think what could we possibly say that hasn’t been said? We love stories and no one can tell our story. No one will see things exactly the same as us.
When we listen to writers talk they often have a self-reflection that is enviable. If we all wrote would we be more self-reflective and would that make the world better? Would we think we can fix things in real life as we can in a book, and make matters worse? The unintended consequences of our good intentions make a difference in real life. In a book, the consequences are exactly what we want them to be.
We pass on our knowledge through stories. Some people tell their stories in the living room, around the dining room table, or in a coffee shop. Salespeople tell stories, lawyers tell stories, parents and other family members tell stores. When people move us it is usually through a story. Some people write their stories down. Telling our stories is part of life. We learn and grow by telling our stories and listening and reading other people’s stories.
There are many stories to tell, there are many ways to tell them. Are we finding ways to tell our stories?
Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here. Sue Monk Kidd
We are all storytellers. We all live in a network of stories. There isn’t a stronger connection between people than storytelling. Jimmy Neil Smith
You’re never going to kill storytelling because it’s built into the human plan. We come with it. Margaret Atwood
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