Telling a story

We are all made of stories; in fact what sets humans apart from many other species is our ability to tell stories. It is natural to embellish, alter, change to give them more drama AND a better ending. So we intuitively know what a story is. As children we are very much tapped into that and, of course, are asked to write stories at school. I have a lot to thank my junior school teacher, Mr Pettifer, for — he recognised in me a passion for books and writing and he used to nurture that. He was also an amazing story teller himself. It was at junior school I penned my first novel: The Children of Cragheath Valley.  It even did the rounds with publishers. It was read out in school in sequels as a matter of fact and I won my first writing competition at the tender age of ten!

Next month for Word Book Day I have been invited into the secondary school I went to — although it has changed names and been rebuilt on the old site, where I will talk to Year 7s about writing, about this thing we call story. Think how much stories are part of our lives. Could you get through a single day without telling a story?

What about your entertainment: books? Films? Soaps? TV dramas? Maybe you are off to the theatre… plays, musicals, ballets… even adverts on TV, even songs tell stories.

So, indeed, we are all made of stories.

 

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So what one will you enjoy the most today?

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

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