Wednesday, Dec 09, 2009

Story and Its Many Uses

Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you can use the power of story. Story is not limited to the fiction genre. Story is found in non-fiction, poetry, and even in technical writing. 

In creative non-fiction, a story illustrates a main point. In poetry, story is fleshed out in verse. In traditional fiction, a story forms the essence of the work. 

All around us we find story. Open your ears and listen. Look and see story in every facet of life. Story brings life to life. Story feeds hungy souls. Story soothes broken hearts. 

Your own life is a story. Make it an even more exciting one by looking for story wherever you go.

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2 thoughts on “Story and Its Many Uses

  1. I feel inundated by “story” right now. Stories about what the dog just did that he shouldn’t have. Stories my son concocts as he plays with his toys. Stories from the news, as my husband is a news junkie. Stories about why my students missed their last class/quiz/test or why they don’t have their homework.

    I cherish the times that the house is quiet and I can be alone with my own story.

    The best thing that ever happened to me in learning how to write interesting stories was having to take the state teacher’s exam a few years ago. I had to study History, which wasn’t my best subject in school. But as I pored over my history books, I learned all kinds of things about the ways that governments and individuals shape their own stories. I think that made a huge impact on my writing.

    December 8, 2009 at 1:15 PM

  2. It’s so important to learn the aspects of STORY. I’m reading a novel now that was self-pubbed by a young author who obviously has had no kind of training in the craft of writing. It’s painful to read. But I promised and must write a review. The main problem is I keep putting the book down because it’s not holding my interest.

    There’s no STORY yet.

    I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a good story!

    December 9, 2009 at 10:40 AM