Week 1 - Storytelling
January 6 - Introduction
January 7 - Why we like stories
🔒January 8 - Why we tell stories
🔒January 9 - Your perspective
🔒January 10 - Worlds/Characters
🔒January 11 - Responsibilities
🔒 Week 2
🔒 Week 4
🔒 Week 5
🔒 Week 6
🔒 Week 7
🔒 Week 8
🔒 Week 9
🔒 Week 10
🔒 Week 11
🔒 Week 12
Hour 72-96 | Why We Like Stories
So, as you are starting to craft your story in your mind, I wanted to spend a little time looking at what storytelling is and what those who tell stories are.
There are many ways to tell a story, and in the simplest terms, a story is a sequence of events, or narrative, which unfolds through time.
It begins. Something happens. And it ends.
But, some stories, no matter how they're told, have a special quality. You've probably felt this. Some stories grab you emotionally, engage your mind and pull you in. Now, I can't speak for you, but here are a few stories that really pulled me in.
1 - Adventures in Odyssey. I remember listening to all of the Adventures in Odyssey radio theaters as a kid. I felt like I really knew those characters. I remember being very, very effective by the generosity of Mr Whittaker, and that really touched me as a kid.
2 - Lord of The Rings. I remember it was the first live action fantasy film (other than the Princes Bride) I had ever seen. Those films took me somewhere else, and I remember just being so transfixed with the idea of going to Middle Earth and living a whole kind of other life. Oh yeah, and Sam was such a good friend. I've always wanted to be a friend like Sam after watch those films.
3 - Children of Men. It was a zombie movie (kind of) more like a dystopian film, and there's this whole section of this movie where the protagonist has to escape from bad guys, and it's all one long shot for like 10 minutes. It felt like 20, 30 minutes. And it's just so arresting to see this character trying to survive that I was just riveted. And when he finally finds his friend at the end like, yeah, It was incredibly emotional.
4 - The Wingfeather Saga. I remember my dad reading these books to us out loud as kids. The death, of one of the characters was so traumatizing and beautiful that my dad could hardly read it over his own tears. That character was very similar to a person I knew in real life. And It hadn't hit me before, what it would be like to loose them. But when I heard that part in that book that stayed with me for a really long time. It traumatized me a little bit, but I think I grew a little after hearing it, too.
Imagine you're a castaway on an island. You can pick three of your favorite stories to bring with you. What would they be?
In this exercise, think about what you would bring, and why these particular stories made such an impression on you. We will reference these three stories in the exercises throughout the rest of the week. So, take the time to find your favorites.
Exercise 1: Your three favorite stories
Part A: Identify the three stories that you would take to a deserted island....
Part B: Why do you think you connected with these stories? Come up with at least one reason for each.
Part C: What, if anything, do these three stories have in common? How are they different?
You can submit your ideas in the Comments section below, or write them down in your story journal.
Alright, I'll see you tomorrow.