What’s the Point of it All?

15 Aug

What’s the point of telling a good story? Why do it?

There have been story tellers for centuries. Sometimes called mistrals or bards, other times wise old men. They would sit in crowded, smoky bars, or on dusty streets and weave stories into tales, or song for the few coins dropped in their palm. Actors would strut and fret their way across stages. Criers would call the news out to the milling throngs.

Story telling is in our blood.

Our story tellers, in this particular century, take on many forms. News paper journalists. Bloggers. Vloggers. Book authors. Music writers. TV writers. Game designers. Movie makers. D&D players. LARPers… I’m sure I’ve left something out.

What’s the point of it all?

It’s a way of passing on our thoughts. Our hopes. Our dreams. Our reality. A way of sharing the little pocket of the universe with others around us.

Sometimes it is our way of experiencing something we could not otherwise experience, like dragons, or storming Normandy during D-day, or even flying like a bird.

But a good story… a good story will make you immortal. Like Shakespeare, or Homer. A good story will stretch over time and space and engulf everyone it touches. A truly GREAT story will be rewritten, re-imagined, reworked, and re-read for countless years to come.

We tell stories because we are creative and imaginative creatures. And we must.


Posted by on August 15, 2012 in On Writing


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2 responses to “What’s the Point of it All?

  1. readallstory

    August 15, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Good point. I totally agree with you on this. And maybe I can suggest something that you left out of list of storytellers :- Gossipers. 🙂

    • CrissyMoss

      August 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      LOL, that’s a good point. I never thought of a gossip as a story teller, but come to think of it they thrive on spreading stories and making other people believe them even if they aren’t true. It may, in a horrible way, be the epitome of story telling.


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