Theme: Quotes from Authors and Bookish People about Writing
The last week of A to Z is upon us– I can’t believe three weeks have flown past. I want to send up a cheer for my co-hosts Lee, Alex, Tina, Jeremy, Nicole, Stephen, Heather, AJ, MJ and Pam, without whom this challenge would not be what it is– a mega-networking event, but with a personal touch.
In case you haven’t had time to stop by their blogs in the last week, make sure you drop by today– they deserve your love and support for all the effort they put into the challenge :).
Today we discuss Story, without which there’s no fiction. Fiction is story, and stories are one of our biggest needs as humans.
Here’s what some storytellers have to say about Stories:
“We live by stories— our own and those of others, real and imagined. It’s how we relate and stay connected on the most personal and intimate level. We need stories, the story process, to maintain our balance and our identity. We don’t think of it this way because we don’t have to. We just do it…Believe it or not, it’s one of our deepest social needs.” — Jerry Cleaver
“I am a story teller. If I wanted to send a message I would have written a sermon.” — Philip Pullman
“Anecdotes don’t make good stories. Generally I dig
down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is
not what people thought their anecdotes were about.”— Alice Munro
“Storytelling is ultimately a creative act of pattern recognition. Through characters, plot and setting, a writer creates places where previously invisible truths become visible. Or the storyteller posits a series of dots that the reader can connect.”–Douglas Coupland
“Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using
words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.” — Anne McCaffrey
do you tell a story? What stories do you remember and why? Which of the above quotes do you like?