Why Don’t We Tell More Stories?

There is a tendency to avoid telling stories because they are scary.

I’m a writer for a large online publication. When I’m not writing articles for the online version of this website, I’m writing for other outlets in the hope that they’ll publish them. Every time an article comes out on my website, I go back and check the link and read the article. I try to follow a number of trends and trends that I’m excited to see develop. I’m not scared. I’m not frightened to tell stories, or to give you readers a sense of the world through stories. I enjoy telling stories, but it’s not something I necessarily feel compelled to do unless I need a challenge. And then, it’s only then that I can take a breath.

For those that are curious how I get the material I need, how I create my narrative, I have a very clear process. What follows is the process I use in order to get the story of the day into the hands of my readers.

1) Get Inspired

The most important part of the creation process is knowing where you’re headed. The purpose of this article is for you to get an idea of where I’d like to take this as well. I can make the most beautiful and thought-provoking art of history and culture if I know where I’m going and who I’m trying to reach with it. And that is why it’s so important to get inspired.

So I’m usually not reading news articles, so I need to be inspired. So I do a search on the internet through google for topics that are related to the things I’m currently writing about. The thing I learned about myself is that once I get the story about the topic I’m writing about, I’m willing to put up with a little bit of frustration or heartbreak in order to get there. So sometimes I find myself browsing news websites, and sometimes I can’t resist. I’ll find a story and say “yeah, that sounds like it should be on this page of this blog. Just have this paragraph read. Just get it in your head. Now write a paragraph describing that experience in vivid detail. Then go and post a few paragraphs to this blog and find the most interesting post on this exact topic, maybe a link to it, and then go back and read it again.

I will then ask myself two questions. First, is this an interesting story? If not, don’t worry about it. It’s easy to get lost in this “well, yes, it is a good experience, but let’s think of more interesting things to talk about”.

Second, was it something I was compelled to read because it was interesting to me? If so, I need to go back and read it again anyway. I can’t resist. I need to feel this sense of accomplishment again by moving forward to the next story about something that I’d like to write about.

2) Figure Out The Topic

Now comes the fun part, finding the story about the topic you’re interested in. A lot of times you’ll find yourself on various news websites, or on Facebook. Try and stick around in the news articles on the topics you’re interested in. Sometimes you’ll hit a story and it will take you back a little bit by revealing more about the topic you’re looking for.

Sometimes, you won’t come across this sort of thing. Sometimes you’ll only get about half way through the article before you’re forced to leave, or you’ll find out that this piece on the subject is not quite what this writer intended. It will be like that – it’s up to you to see where the story takes you.

3) Find Links

Find the websites that are relevant to your topic. I find these articles by researching who the people are on the story. Often there is a story within a story about one person or group who are involved in a particular event.