The Art of Storytelling, Part 2

I’m convinced that God made all of us creative.

I know, I know, lots of people out there will think, Not me! But hold on. God said He made Man in His image. Obviously He didn’t give us His transcendent qualities, like omniscience, so what did He mean, We’re made in His image?

Many things, and I submit, creative is part of the package. The whole story, of course, includes the Fall which has had far reaching effects on us, including on our creativity.

Even without the Fall, I doubt if we all would have expressed our creativity in the same way. In other words, even in a perfect world, I think some people would be better pianists than others. Some would paint better and some would write better.

But is only the very best in each class considered creative? or artistic? Of course not.

Oh, I almost forgot. Another way God made us in His image is as communicators. He made us relational beings because He, the Tri-unit God, is relational. He communicates.

So there you have it. We are creative and we communicate. Any wonder so many people want to write a book? Millions of us do, polls say. And I think that is absolutely unsurprising because it is consistent with the way God made us.

The problem, as far as I can see it, is that some people think wanting to write a book means they are equipped to write a book.

If you’re thinking, Hold on, Becky, you yourself just said we are all creative, stay with me. 😉 We are indeed creative, but creativity still needs to be cultivated, as does the skill to communicate. That we have these capabilities doesn’t negate the hard work involved in acquiring the finished product.

Hard work. Some times people look at professional basketball players and think they are so “lucky” to be born with such ability. Those people don’t realize the hours those young men spent as kids and youths alone in a driveway, park, or gym, shooting jump shot after jump shot. Or running laps, lifting weights, or going up against grown men and having their shots rammed back in their faces.

Talented? Yes, absolutely, but the ones who reached the professional ranks are also hard working. And they know how to take coaching.

So back to Storytelling. Some people are “natural” storytellers but need to learn how to write down the stories swirling through their heads. Others know how to write the stories but don’t think they have anything interesting to tell. Then there are those hard, hard workers who will learn whatever you put in front of them, but somehow their stories seem a little mechanical.

I suspect there are storytelling secrets writers in each of these categories can learn—or maybe we can learn them together. That’s what I’m hoping we can accomplish in the next few days on this subject.

Published in: on January 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. You know I totally agree with you.. when oral history was the only way of passing things down you had to learn and prefect the craft. I don’t believe written is much different… as children some of us are so natural at it, but as we get older we seem to forget!

    God Bless!

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  2. Amy, when I was in teacher ed classes, we were often told that school squeezed the storytelling (the creativity) right out of kids.

    I don’t know how true that is, or if we adults just get caught up in paying bills and wiping runny noses and getting the oil change and the groceries bought. In other words, our busy techno-world with all the distractions may actually take us away from dreaming. And philosophizing, which I love to do on the side. 😀

    Becky

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