Stories give meaning.

Authors distill the wide range of human emotions in beautifully written poems. Journalists give new perspectives and philosophies in published magazines and news articles. Filmmakers showcase a wide variety of interpersonal and environmental struggles. Ancient cultures related and described the world around them through myths, legends and religious tales. Artists transcribe and capture the emotion and meaning behind a single moment. Robert McKee argues that stories “fulfill a profound human need to grasp the patterns of living—not merely as an intellectual exercise, but within a very personal, emotional experience.”

But, no story is new. Humans have been passing down throughout the ages and, although the landscape in which humans have inhabited and created has changed, our innate essence remains the same. Joseph Campbell identified the pattern known as the Hero’s Journey, found within the legends and myths of the world. But that doesn’t mean old stories aren’t important. In fact, stories are more important than ever.

In a world that is ever changing, staring down the glimmers of AI technology and growing globalization, storytelling connects meaning behind our growth. Storytelling can ground you, give you hope, let you know you aren’t alone, and so much more.

So what makes a story stay? Why are some films and movies classics? What makes a painting engaging? In summary, how does a good story transcend into a great one? I’m not sure, but I’m eager to find out.

About Me

Hi! My name is Alexandra Olson. I graduated in 2021 with a degree in Creative Writing and Finance. I want to explore and share my passion for storytelling theories, writing principles, and techniques.

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