Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a busy week of work and writing. I’m happy to say I’m in the second stage of my second work in progress. The second stage is editing where I make the story better. That means I have two completed WIPs under my belt. My first one I had a eureka moment concerning the beginning pages, and it has made my story that much better. I’m more excited about it.
But enough about that, today I would like to talk about the power of story. I haven’t done a writing post in a long time, so I thought today, it would be appropriate. A story can transport you to another world and another time. It’s a great way to forget about your problems for a while and relieve some stress by concentrating on something else. Reading is a great stress reliever. Did you know reading for just fifteen minutes can reduce your anxiety by sixty percent? But, we need stories that will engage our readers, so they have to be compelling enough to keep our attention.
The power of story can make us feel. Feel emotions we’ve buried deep. It’s important to release those emotions in a safe way. A story does this for us. It’s a safe place and we learn empathy for the victims and the heroes in the story. This is important in our technology heavy world. Where emotion and feelings aren’t always dealt with constructively.
There are times when we identify with the characters in the story. A story can alleviate feelings of anxiety and alienation. This is critical. Especially now with the way covid has affected our worlds and obliterated our social lives. It worked great for us introverts, but our extroverted friends have had a harder time.
A story can motivate us, give us power to achieve things we never thought possible. If we see the main character overcoming obstacles like the obstacles we have, it gives us hope. The hope that all we need to do is persevere and we too will overcome the mountains in our way.
Right now, stories are more important than ever. With the pandemic lasting almost two years people need something to occupy their time and relieve their boredom. So, writers write your stories. Improve your craft and get those stories out there. The world needs them now more than ever.
How about you, how do stories affect you? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!
11 thoughts on “The Power of Stories”
Great post and insights Lisa.
Thanks, Rita! I appreciate your support. I hope all is well with you!
I am living ‘the power of a story’ right now. For the first time telling part of my life and it’s actually a very peaceful act. I need to start editing 🙂
Good for you. It is cathartic to tell our stories and the world needs to hear them, too. Good luck with it!
Thank you, Lisa
I find every book/story I write, there’s something new I learn about myself. Great post, Lisa! Rocking those stories! Cheers!
Thanks for stopping by, Sharon! I appreciate your support! 🙂
Story is everything! It’s how we know ourselves and those around us. All hail the storytellers!
Yes! I knew you’d understand! ❤ Thanks for stopping by!
I love the editing process, although I know a lot of people hate it. Thanks for the great post, an excellent reminder of why we write:-)
Absolutely! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!