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A Story is a Story is a Story.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

With the start of a new session of What a Concept! at the Lighthouse Writers Workshops, I find myself going back to what is, in my mind,  the root of story telling: a desire to connect.

Story telling is a natural human trait.  It has been an quality of human existence since the first human realized he could think about himself, thinking about himself and raised the question: Who/What am I?

We tell our own personal story constantly throughout our daily lives.  We lead with it;  who we are, what we’re doing, where we’re going, what we want, why things are the way they are.  It is the way we seek to connect with the world around us; the way we seek to understand the meaning of our lives.   For some of us, we are trapped in our stories.  Others, use their ‘story’ to reach for their dreams and desires.  All of us use stories to connect; to bring purpose to our lives and meaning to the world around us.  It makes us human.

Those who create stories as a creative exercise do the same thing; they are attempting to make connections, individually and to the larger culture they live in.   They want to show a representation of humanity, to give an example of how one lives, acts, and reacts, to every kind of human experience possible.

A story is a story is a story.  It doesn’t matter whether you are writing a novel, a play, a short story, narrative poem or any other Form.   The artistic expression or media as well matters not; a choreographer, a painter, a composer or otherwise, are telling a story and certain principals apply.

In my mind, these principals are Character, Plot and Tone.   I don’t believe there are rules” to “story”, but there are principals of what constitute “story”; concepts that contribute to the connection, the expression and affirmation of one’s humanity.

That is the essence of good story telling.