the art of story-telling

When we talk to someone, that is called conversation. We may not realize it but as we converse, we tell a story. It can be anything from family to job issues to marriage or anything else you can think of. This is an informal way of story-telling. Now this may be surprising as many people aren’t writers but rather story-tellers. This begs the question that what is a story? Story has many definitions such as

  • An account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment.
  • A report of an item of news in a newspaper, magazine, or broadcast.
  • A piece of gossip.
  • An account of past events in someone’s life or in the development of something.
  • A situation viewed in terms of the information known about it or its similarity to another.
  • The facts about the present situation.
  • The commercial prospects or circumstances of a particular company.

From the various definitions we can see that stories can be told in every field using any medium. In the words of Jimmy Neil Smith,

We are all story-tellers. We live in a network of stories. There isn’t a stronger connection between people than story-telling.

However, some people like to write down a story, whether its to do with imaginary people or based on real life people, it doesn’t matter. Story-telling is one of the oldest ability since man could talk.

We can’t be certain when man started writing languages. But in the process, our ancestors learned story-telling. Many thousands of years ago, story-telling was mainly done orally in the form of folklore some of which had a moral lesson. But as time went on and due to the influence of western culture, today many people around the world are writers. Many different genres have been invented. Writers who have been successful may even end up getting their written stories into movies or television shows.

No one can live without telling a story. Whether it’s for general knowledge, learning, entertainment or even gossiping. For that is one of the qualities that make us human. That ability to recognize or create a character, events, and even emotions is what connects us together.

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