I was going to tell you about our book launch event next month but I will share those details with you tomorrow. Instead I thought I would talk to you about how stories enter our lives and the power of those stories.
Why do you write? Or perhaps you’re a reader, then what makes a story really live inside your head?
I love stories, but not just the ones we write: the ones we live, watch, read. Last night we finally got to watch the movie, Lion. Anyone seen it? It’s on Amazon Prime right now.
I didn’t know too much about this so was drawn into the storytelling; not even aware why it was called Lion, if you don’t know then watch the movie or read the book. It is based on a true story by Saroo Brierley called A Long Way Home. I loved this, so much, and think this is the kind of story that captures the power of moments. It’s about a child who is lost. He gets on a train and travels for days. He has no idea where he came from and says the name of his home village all wrong so can’t find home, or his mother and brother.
This really hit something primordial inside me and as we see how this affected him and the path he was then on, adopted in Australia, the path eventually must lead home. It takes twenty-five years.
Why does this story work? Because of that tapping into something inside of us all. We connect to this feeling of being lost; all of us in one way or another. We imagine how we might feel if that happened to us.
It’s powerful storytelling but not overstated. I was crying, yep I was moved.
If you get the chance look at the arc of this story and how it unfolds. The conflict is established early, we connect to this child. We fear for him and we go on this journey with him that takes him further and further from home. We know all along that somehow to resolve this he must one day go back. But how that happens and is brought about is just great.
I love the kinds of stories that live in my head long after the final credits. I love the kinds of stories that I know have, somehow, in some way, changed me.
And that is why I write.
What makes this more powerful is it really happened.