STORY IDEAS … Telling stories from life
I’ve found that some of the best stories I tell are best are ones that are based on what has happened in my own life. Granted I never traveled to a distant planet on the edge of a galaxy, as my characters did in The Outer Rims, but I do know what it’s like to love family, to care about justice, to deal with bureaucracies. I know what it’s like to have to make a decision that could put you at risk but you know it’s the right thing to do. So I was able to tell that story.
When writing fiction, sharing our characters’ feelings and emotions are an important part of good storytelling. If we do it well, our readers or viewers or listeners will identify with those feelings and emotions.
In the example below, Adam Wade shares a story from his life. He isn’t giving one-liners but it’s a funny story. He isn’t trying to make you cry but there are moments when you might feel a tear trying to escape. Why? Because he is identifying things in his life that we recognize as real. We had similar feelings or experienced similar incidents in our own lives. That makes the story all the more powerful.
“Reinventing Storytelling” by Adam Wade