Stories are the building blocks of who we are, what we desire and where we want to go. They feed our souls.
Tales are the lifeblood flowing through our lives and connecting us to others. This has been true in every tribe, culture, and society through history. Stories matter.
Whether carved on walls of stone or etched in ink on parchment, it doesn't matter, stories live on. They outlast us.
Maybe told in whispers under blankets late at night, or during a walk with grandfather to the park, stories have the power to change our lives.
Scientists have proven this. Stories, told or read, are the currency our brains crave.
"Story is the superpower hiding in plain sight for all millennium." Lisa Cron TEDxTalk (youtube)
This information is a game changer for writers. This is good news for you. As a writer, or soon-to-be writer, you need to discover how to use this science to help you write.
A great place to start is with Wired For Story by Lisa Cron.
Just because we think in story and we decide to write
a story doesn't mean that the writing science will be intuitive. It isn't. Strangely, our brains know what a good story is and also what a bad story is, but not necessarily what the difference in the creation is.
This is precisely why at Write Then Edit we believe it takes more than a writer to tell a profoundly good story. It takes passion and drive and time and science and planning and precision. And a little story help from friends.
Just curious: We have a story in our family that has been told and retold so many times. It is the story of how my father-in-law's family fled from Germany during the World War II. It's a vibrant, lively story with fear, storms, reunions and hope that is fun to hear, even the 1ooth time.
How about you?
Is there a story that has been shared in your family circle for years? Tell us in the comments. Remember, we all CRAVE stories and we are listening.