Sovereign Standard, Issue 39
Right now, every fiber of my being (except for the fibers that are occupied with holding a toddler on my hip as I help my first-grader make turkeys out of candy corns and Oreos) is occupied with story.
What does it take to translate the thoughts and emotions and in-process “stuff” into a story that engages, reveals collective insights, and exposes truths?
I don’t have the whole answer yet, but I’m getting closer.
The best writing begins in private
To allow myself the true freedom to wonder and wander, I’m dialing back my public writing. I’ve been pulling deep inside to where the really stories live. It’s the place deep below the marketing and the spin – in the caves where the truth rubs elbows with fear and dreams struggle against despair.
In a world where storytelling is celebrated as an art and foisted upon us as a marketing tactic, it’s easy to get burned out on story – particularly when you feel like you weren’t blessed with the Scheherazade gene.
I do believe that “everybody has a story” because it was reality long before it was a cliche (or the theme of a zillion ad campaigns). But there’s a lot more to unlocking natural storytelling abilities than shoving a mic or a blog password into someone’s hand and commanding “have the courage to tell your story.”
The alchemy of turning “your stuff” into “Your Sovereign Story”
As 2015 dims to allow the new year to shine bright, I’ll have a great deal to say – and to offer – about this alchemical process of turning “your stuff” into “Your Sovereign Story.”
In the meantime, please give yourself permission to slow down and watch out for the unforgettable characters and plot twists (especially those who show up around your Thanksgiving table).
Begin to consciously collect the experiences that will give your stories life… I’ll be back soon to help you figure out what to do with the material!