I was listening to a man on youtube talk about how to “instantly improve your drawings” the other day. I don’t know why I clicked on the video, probably because I wish artistic ability was “microwavable” in a sense…but I’m glad I listened to him. He was explaining that, in his experience, when someone would look through his portfolio, they were likely to comment and dwell on the drawings that had a story to tell.
His advice reminded me that this has been my constant advice in Creative Writing class this year. We are currently in our poetry unit, which they were dreading because, frankly, literature classes have intimidated them out of “getting” poetry. They literally had no clue where to start or even what poetry really was. They reminded me of a great poem by Billy Collins called Introduction to Poetry. Anyway, poetry tells a story just as much as fiction does. Because all we (as human beings) ever really want is to hear a good story that moves us. Story gives writing purpose, personality and permanence. It helps answer the “so what” question the reader needs to be engaged with a piece of writing, it gives the character a life, and it will affect people — it will have longevity in their memories.
“If you want someone to know the truth, tell them. If you want someone to love the truth, tell them a story.” — Unknown
So, I’m going to take my own advice and tell you stories. I’ve been worrying that this blog hasn’t been doing what it is “supposed” to do. Other blogs update daily, they are always handing out useful information, they are funny, they are always what my blog seems to be lacking. But I can only tell you what I know and I’m going to start doing so. Here’s to making this blog my own:
This week has been full of candle preparing, food making and cat cuddling. Despite days of damp fog and relentless rain, spring has begun to peak through the cloudy seams. I’m trying to savor our little place while I can because we found out that we are going to be leaving in a few months. God has been faithful to answer our prayers over what would be next. Trav is finishing his undergrad and will be moving on towards a bright and shining Ph.D. My mind is slowly filling with hundreds of plans for our family and where new properties, cities, and friends may take us.
What is spring bringing you this year?