I love listening to and reading stories. Storytelling is as old as language. There is a rich history behind storytelling. To tell a story is as natural as breathing for people. Some are better than others, but we all tell them in one form or another.
Throughout history, narratives were used to entertain, teach, and build a community identity. Storytellers were often revered in their community because they were the source of current news, holder of traditions, the historians, teachers, the holder of religious beliefs, and the entertainers.
Early storytelling combined stories, poetry, music, and dance. Communities were strengthened and maintained through stories that connected the present, the past and the future.
Telling stories is natural for us. We use narratives when relaying something to friends or family in letters or notes, or telling our kids tales from our wild childhood. Hunters and fishermen tell some great tales. There are those who excel at telling stories. They have down the embellishments, tone, and method of telling a good story. Those few, just as with the ancients, are the entertainers. The bards of today.
We have storytellers here in the Wisdom. I’m proud of our storytellers who entertain us, whether by a book they’ve written or with the pieces of life they share with us on each thread. It’s all some form of a story that connects the past, present, and future and strengthens the Wombat community.
Our Wombat community is rather awesome. Through it, we are encouraged to tell our own stories. To perfect our writing craft to get our stories to a wider audience. We’re encouraged to take chances—look at those who have self pub, entered contests (yay for Rand, Jill, and Dale), queried for agents and gotten them, or received a publishing contract. It gives us a place to decompress with other writers. A place to bounce ideas or perfect them.
Here, we celebrate successes, soothe the disappointments, offer encouragement to pick ourselves up and try again. That’s pretty awesome, in my opinion.
- Do you feel encouraged to continue writing by being around other writers?
- Writing doesn't always come easy. What keeps you going?