Humans have been telling stories, well since we could speak and probably before then.
We tell stories by the campfire; we tell stories when we are at parties. We write novels, short stories, we make movies, and we take photographs to capture a moment that could be told and talk about in the following story. We Tweet, and the list goes on.
The power of storying telling is that it has an ability to connect with people on an emotional level. One of the things that you hear all the time, this advice, is to write about things that you know.
Well, sometimes writing about things that I know won't interest people. I don't want to write about how I know that if I take the bus, it will take me a longer time to reach a place than it would if I took an Uber or got a ride. That's boring.
I want to write about things that will capture people's attention and things such as what is going on in space.
But what this means is, yeah, go ahead and write about the things that you want to write about, space, technology, etc., but put something on it that talks about your life and how you feel.
Do you feel scared?
Do you feel alone?
Put something from your life that will make that story come alive and not just be a boring car chase or a new planet.
The man who started directing Monsters, Incorporated, the way he would pitch it is a monster who scares kids for a living. "Thats his job." He said that he would clock in, clock out, he eats donuts and talks about union dogs, he thought that was a kind of funny idea.
Sure enough, when they would tell people about this idea, they would smile. Once it came to a story for a film, that is when people started getting restless and saying things like "I don't understand." "whats this movie about?"
Well Pete Doctor, the man who created this idea figured out that the monster who scares kids is actually about a man becoming a father.
And this is what was going on in Pete's life at that moment.
So why write about what you know?
Well, it's because what probably happened to you made you feel a particular way. And what you are trying to do when you are writing something is to get the audience to feel a certain way. The way that you felt. Telling stories is to get the audience to feel the way you feel.
Now writing a story will not come out the way you want it to the very first time. It's not like Walt Disney or Miyazaki, who their brilliance comes out of their head once and there it is.
They do not get out right the first time.
They do not get out the second time.
And sometimes they don't come out until the 30th time.
So you keep going over and over, and over, and only after retelling the story many, many, many times over, does it sparkle.
So next time you go to tell a story to keep some simple things in mind.
1. It will not be the perfect story the first time.
2. Keep trying
3. Think of how you can attach an emotional feeling to it, a sense that you had at that moment.
In hopes that you tell your stories, and to all your success.