Monday, February 17, 2020

Monday Motivation - Storytelling as a Connection

Before you get too far, please note, I have a post up at the Insecure Writer's Support Group site today on Peering at the Mud of Muddy Middles.

As a writer and a creator, I make the most connections within the realm of storytelling. It's just part of who I am. As I'm working on building up my creative confidence (confident creativity) this year, I've been finding strength in affirming my love of storytelling.

Since I've been blogging very little and I've struggled to make time to really do it well, I'm going to "fill in" my non-IWSG weeks with some Monday Motivation based on storytelling quotes and creativity quotes.

Some of my quotes will come from familiar sources that I know well and some are going to come from random places. 

“We are all storytellers. We all live in a network of stories. There isn’t a stronger connection between people than storytelling.
- Jimmy Neil Smith, Director of the International Storytelling Center

What do you think?
Are stories the strongest connection we can make?
Is there a way to bond without storytelling?

Although I love storytelling as a form of communication, I hesitate to call them the strongest connection. I loved my children before I told them stories. I sang to them and held them in the first hours of their lives and I don't think I had any stories in me at the time, just love.

But, what do you think? How powerful are stories in your life?

If you have time, please visit my Muddy Middles post at the Insecure Writer's Support Group website! I'm attempting to find some gems, clues, or wisdom in the muddle middle of writing.


Yolanda Renée said...

Storytelling is a long-practiced rite of many generations. I'm a storyteller and have been since a very early age. It's early entertainment around the fire and for some of us the only way to fly!
History was kept by the earliest of storytellers.

A way to bond without it? Good question but I say no - bonding is the story - whether verbal or non-verbal. Everything we do tells a story.

Patricia Josephine aka Patricia Lynne said...

I definitely agree that storytelling is the best way to connect with others.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Yolanda - I like your way of looking at the way we bond - with verbal and nonverbal stories. :)

Patricia - Thanks for stopping by!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tyrean - sagas keep us connected to our past ... I've had to make my own ... but that's fine ... we need to tell stories to engage at all times and often explain things. Good luck and cheers Hilary

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CWMartin said...

I'd say music is stronger for me. My memories are basically as playlist...

emaginette said...

I think that connecting through storytelling is the safest and deepest connection one can make with strangers. Not so much on the close friends and family front though. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Juneta key said...

Love the quotes.

Heather R. Holden said...

Great quote. Stories are a fantastic way to connect with others, for sure!