Has anyone ever asked you to tell them a story? How can any author, writer, storyteller, poet, narrator, or bard resist the request? Their pulse quickens, their hearts leap, and their minds race. The anticipation builds to a crescendo, and wide vistas of possibilities stretch their imagination’s outer limits. They relish the chance to witness the creation of a memorable adventure. The audience has high expectations as their gaze falls expectantly on the storyteller.
Stories have power. From ancient times, cavemen gathered around the safety of the night’s fire. The best orator of the tribe arrived to help her small group learn from their collective experiences. Her words supported them by acknowledging share feelings, forging deeper bonds, and uniting them into one powerful unit. Her fireside chats developed a shared legacy. The legends provided a sense of place and meaning in the mysterious world beyond the campfire.
The strongest stories are bridges between the author and the reader. They offer an unspoken promise of connection, and tension defines the relationship. The reader wants to be entertained, but an entertaining tale is too easily digested and is soon forgotten.
The writer knows phenomenal tales take everyone on a wild ride of twists, turns, and unfathomable events that spiral downward into a pit of dire circumstances. Surprises abound, and an unforgettable scene unfolds when their security blanket is transformed into an instrument of almost certain death. Careful manipulation saves them with an ultimate act of valor that leaves them all breathless. If the storyteller has done well, the conclusion arrives with everyone clamoring for more.
What story will you tell today?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer