What’s your story?

In Life on April 2, 2014 by thebetweenthoughts

Since finishing Vol. 8 of The Unwritten, I’ve been in an odd state of mind when it comes to stories and the power they have.  Continue on if you’re in the mood to enter my confused mind…

By Mike Carey & Peter Gross

The Unwritten By Mike Carey & Peter Gross

I’ve always been fascinated with the power of stories and the process by which thoughts are transformed into words.  There is a special kind of alchemy occurring when a story is made…part art…part inspiration…part magic.  But the process alone isn’t what interests me right now, it’s the enduring power that stories have after they’re told.  All we are in the end…are the stories that people have told about us.  When our flesh is gone, it’s our story that will live on and define the reality around our lives.  Even alive, it’s the stories told by our friends…what’s shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…that shape the outline of who we are in the world.  Maybe that’s why we’re so desperate to participate in social networks.  Previously, our impact on the world was limited by the network that could tell our story.  With an ever-increasing scale to our network, our impression on the world grows larger and more permanent.

Our lives really don’t mean anything until they’ve been told.  Nothing is real until it’s been converted to narrative and it’s why we all yearn to talk about our lives.  If it only exists within us, then it doesn’t exist at all.

Does this approach to life lead to narcissism?  We’re all fighting to tell our stories…and no one is left to listen to them.  We stop caring about the experiences of others…or at least those experiences that aren’t included in our own.

But stories are also what’s holding the world together.  It’s our collective faith in the progression of life…the universe (with a definite beginning, middle and end)…that prevents us from plunging into a world of complete chaos.  We rely on story structure, heroes and villains, set-up and resolution…to give meaning to life.

I’ve always thought that a novel would be my ultimate legacy.  Maybe it isn’t meant to be a fictional one, but just the story that I leave behind.




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