S is for Stories

This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z challenge–blogging every day in the month of April (except Sundays!) with each letter of the alphabet.

As writers we are storytellers. Vast portions of our lives are spent making up stories in the hopes other people will be entertained by them. If you examine that truth too hard you might start to worry about the insanity of it all–we make up imaginary things and other people join in supporting those imaginary things. Those things speak deeply to the author and hopefully, to the reader. The right imaginary things can change minds, teach, and incite strong emotions. Such an amazing result, from just a thought!

Humans have told stories since the beginning of humanity, because we all like to escape reality from time to time. What an awe-inspiring thing we have minds that can do this! And what a humbling thing we as writers have been chosen to be the modern storytellers. We should take pride in the fact our minds are the ones that weave the stories for others who need them so badly. I am grateful and truly blessed this ability lies within me.

Where do stories come from? If you write, you will inevitably get this question–where did you get the idea for (story/book/poem)? For me this is never easy to answer, because ideas come from everywhere. Especially in the case of a book, it’s many ideas coming from many different sources. Sometimes you draw on your own life and experiences, on things you enjoy, on things you’ve seen or done. Some ideas come from nowhere, they just appear as an organic progression of the story. We ourselves don’t always know how the magic happens, but that’s okay–that’s what makes it magic!

Do you feel blessed to be a storyteller? Do you know where your ideas come from? Do you enjoy the magic too?

22 comments

  1. I think the act of story telling is the most miraculous thing we get to do as humans. I love stories, and I love them in all formats, plays, musicals, operas, ballet and books. So many stories, so little time.

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  2. The number of times I’ve told my human that writing is about the intimate interaction between the writer and the reader. I believe a good writer cares about the reader. Likes to think that the reader feels like they are part of the story.

    I’m noting that you write in a style that converses to the one person or animal, for that matter, that is reading your blog. One of my aggravations is those who write to an audience.

    Writing is all about passion and the magic conveyed through the power of the written word.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

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  3. I know what’s inspired some stories, but I don’t look too hard at where the actual story comes from or how it develops, I just try to type it down as best I can! Thanks for sharing this.

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  4. I believe that writers/ authors are magicians of a very special kind. Magic is indeed the only way to describe the art of writing. How else does J.K.Rowling make readers all over the world homesick for a place (Hogwarts) they have never been to, and well, which doesn’t really exist outside of their imagination? πŸ™‚
    *Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

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  5. I love being a story teller. Even my own blog, which typically rants about things I hate, delves into story telling. Whenever I write a spoof or parody, I’m story telling. When I write a poem, I’m story telling. Of course, I also write short stories, which obviously is story telling. I get my ideas from many places. Dreams are a big part of it. Sometimes inspiration comes from other people. Something someone says or does sparks an idea. Overhearing a stray comment from someone at the mall can spark my imagination going. Some times, you never even know where the inspiration comes from. It’ll suddenly just be there.

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    1. Yes, exactly! Isn’t it wonderful? Inspiration comes from everywhere. No wonder we’re storytellers–and all those things definitely count as storytelling, yes.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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