Every celebrated author is a master storyteller. And, no matter what you are writing, you need to be telling stories. In his book The Storytelling Animal, Jonathan Gotschall talks a lot about why authors (including nonfiction authors) need to tell stories.
Skilled Authors Draw Readers Into their Character’s Story
The Storytelling Animal starts by declaring, a quote, “Human minds yield helplessly to the suction of story.”
We have all had an experience where we forget we are in our living rooms for a moment. Instead, we are part of the story unfolding before us, experiencing the emotions that the characters in our movie or book are experiencing.
Good storytellers trick readers into doing the imaginative work themselves and make them feel like active participants in the story.
Authors Understand Stories are an Integral Part of Humanity
The first riddle Gottschall tries to unravel in his book is, “if fiction is such a luxury, why has it always been an integral part of humanity?”
Gottschall suggests several theories such as stories are a form of cognitive play or practice for real life. He gets into child’s play, and a theme emerges; the stories we tell all spell trouble for the main character. Even children’s stories are full of trouble, violence, murder, mayhem and misery. Gottschall questions why we entangle ourselves in fiction to escape yet fill fiction with anxiety.
Neuroscience Suggests A Readers Experiences Mirrors The Character’s
When Authors Tell stories, They are Appealing to a Human Need.
Storytelling Has Been Around for Decades.
Every Story is Just A Version of the Author’s Truth
The Future of Story
– Keep writing
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