Where do stories come from?

Everyone carries within them, some stories waiting to be let out. Everyone has different ways of expression; art, music, dance, theatre, writing. This article will talk about where stories come from. But not the everyday ones we read in a newspaper, that’s reporting. This will talk about those that tell us so much about people.

The best way to unravel a person is to hear them talk or read things they write, but then again what we decipher from their writings maybe very different than what they really are. It’s just the way songs means different things to different people. Or abstract art where you see paint smeared on canvas but the artist can see his story. Point being, writing- whether it’s your own or somebody else- talks volumes about yourself.

Where do all these writings come from?

It comes from a lot of places. Some have eureka moments, some just let it flow; others think for hours before they can get a sentence on the paper, it might even feel like a pack of cards falling down or a domino effect where one incident can unleash words that carry within them the power to change lives. Let’s take J.K. Rowling for an example. How did she come up with the boy who lived? “It was 1990. My then boyfriend and I had decided to move up to Manchester together. After a weekend’s flat-hunting, I was travelling back to London on my own on a crowded train, and the idea for Harry Potter simply fell into my head”.

The Chronicles of Narnia, the famous series written by C.S. Lewis, “All began with a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood.” It was that one picture which led to a series of events and later books on shelves around the world.

J.D. Salinger, author of the famous ‘Catcher in the Rye’ was just trying to put down his life on paper.

But these people are literary legends and it does get difficult to connect with them. Who would expect to have another Harry Potter just pop in one’s head or create Mr.Tumnus with such finesse? Writing to you could be as simple as noting down a constant film playing in your head, inspired by everything that happens around you. There will be times when (and probably the best one) where your obsessions and fears will inspire you. Every writer carries within himself a story wanting to be shared, one that needs to be heard, they are your obsessions; things that haunt you, your muses wanting to be released.

There is no such thing as good writing or bad, it’s not like cooking food that it would go wrong. Stop worrying. Just write. Like you can’t learn a sport by just sitting and talking about it, you can’t learn to pen down your thoughts by just sitting there and mulling about it. You have to get up and write something, and the start is always the toughest part. Get through it, scribble away, eventually you will have a clearer picture of what you want to say. You don’t need to worry about your story not being good enough or not mattering enough; it will always matter, maybe not the most but always more than nothing.

While we are talking about writing we should know the two kinds of writing, fiction and reality. Reality would be more of an account of what happens around, solid facts, things you cannot question. Fiction on the other hand is that little window in a cell which acts as the prisoner’s escape. Fiction will take you far and wide. It is the best getaway there is, and rather cheap. You see bunnies talking, gnomes living in trees, fairies having tea parties, boys who never grow up, magic, illusion, mermaids and kingdoms underwater and the list just goes on. Being a fiction writer gives you the freedom to bend reality in any way that pleases you. Your purpose then would be to give people a new way to look at things, a new place to visit when they go to bed.

Everyone is always talking about the writers’ block. Remember, there is no such thing as a writer’s block. If you feel that way, write about the block but sit there and write till it goes away. John Green’s father said “Coal miners don’t get coal miners’ block.”

In the process of writing you might discover your passion. You might have people out there who would be able to connect with you, like rippling tides your little piece might set ablaze a chain of reactions

You don’t have to be a Shakespeare to be good, honestly, just write about what you love, it doesn’t matter if it’s about food, caps, tables, curtains or even buttons. Just write about what you love and you will do just fine.

Devika Soni
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