HOW STORIES WORK

"Storytelling is my currency. It's my only worth. The only thing of value I have in this life is my ability to tell a story, whether in print, orating, writing it down or having people acting it out."

-Kevin Smith

WORDS & PICTURES

Think about the phrase "Once upon a time." How often have heard it?

In fairytales, there is an imaginary time, an imaginary place, imaginary characters and a challenging lesson. Fairytales work because they're easy to tell and they've been around of centuries.

Stories can teach and they can celebrate. Some are filled with truth while others are completely fictional. Often times they will contain both truths and fictional elements.

Stories have been verbally passed down through the ages with papyrus and printing presses making a written impression over the past 2,000 years. And, in the past 100 years, we've moved from radio to video to the internet. There's no telling how stories will be told in the next 100 years but they will be told.

Stories serve many purposes and can be very powerful. Think about some of the Super Bowl advertisements you've seen. How can seeing a horse running down the street towards a man make you emotional? Our experiences throughout life can be triggered by stories. Songs are stories as well. Aren't there songs that you can relate to a specific time in your life?

Stories have a passion and a purpose, an intent and energy. Storytelling is a co-creative process, a dance between the author and the audience. It teaches and learns at the same time while entertaining to a personal degree unlike anything else.