As a writer, I often get tripped up on the way that I want to tell a story. Within writing, there are already so many different ways that you can tell a single story. There’s poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and then all the hybrid and non-traditional ways to put together a story. Even when you decide a general form, there are points of view that you can think of the story through.
And while I love getting wrapped up in all of these different ways that you can write a story, these aren’t the only ways that you can tell a story. There are so many different ways that stories are told. We have movies, TV shows, and even podcasts are ways that we can tell stories. Because of all these different kinds of storytelling, there’s so much that you can do with a single story. We want to tell our stories in whatever way that we can. There are some people that tell stories through music. There are other people that tell stories through spoken word. There are many of us that speak through our written words.
There’s no wrong way to tell a story. There’s a lot that we try to say and often can’t find a way to say. That might be useful for some stories, but there are some other ways that we could get those feelings across. Instead of actively admitting to sadness, you might find it more useful to write a melancholy song.
With the advent of modern technology, our storytelling has gotten more and more complex. We can use Twitter to put bite size chunks of stories out into the open. We can use Instagram to put 30-second clips of our creations out into the open. There was an author who posted a whole story using words written in the snow.
The ways that we can tell stories multiply with every day. This isn’t bad. This is a great thing for the modern creator. As fast as our modes of creation pop into existence, they stop being useful in the ways that we want. Blogs used to be a pathway to book writing. There are examples of this from all sorts of people. My personal favorite is Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. His website contained many of the ideas that made it into the book.
However, we don’t always get to do just this in this day and age. The days of blogs being turned into books is over. That doesn’t mean that everything will change, but it does mean that you’ll have to find a new and innovative way to turn your idea into a book without having to write the manuscript right away.
But the ability to play and try new things is important. Keep finding new ways to use social media. Find new ways to tell stories. Find new ways to same the same old things so that people are interested again. Storytelling isn’t always about the story itself, but about the way that the story is told. We’ve read the same story lines over and over again because they’re retold in new ways. Packaging is just as important as the content.
So go out there, play, get to know your stories and how they demand to be told.