The Awesome, Terrifying Power of Stories

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Blogging does not come easily to me. I’m not used to churning out content regularly. I’m used to mulling over an idea for weeks or months, writing it out, and then going over it–again and again–until it’s just right.

If I did that with a blog, you’d probably see something here every other month. Probably.

A blogging guru once told me that I needed to find my niche, that my blog topics were all over the place. So, I’ve settled on what I know best: stories and telling them.

Stories have awesome, sometimes terrifying, powers. They can make people laugh, cry, or even change their minds. They can stick in your head and live there, sometimes like a beautiful flower and sometimes like a horrifying fungus. If we let stories do their job, if we let them touch us, then we experience their power.

The power of stories affects not only the reader or hearer but also the teller. If a teller is not touched by his own tale, then something is wrong with that tale. If the teller doesn’t feel it, then the audience won’t, either.

When I talk about this, I’m not only talking about books. We are told stories through movies, folklore, plays, television shows, and music. The power of stories are communicated to us through these and other mediums. And if we don’t examine these stories for their meanings, and take a look at how they affect us, then we aren’t appreciating them to the full.

That’s why I’m going to be focusing my blog more on stories, telling them and receiving them. That means I’ll talk about stories in music, movies, folklore, and books. I’ll talk about my progress with the books I’m crafting and I may even share some pointers in how to tell a story.

I’m excited about 2016, not only because¬†Clara’s Return is being published but also because I’m going to be sharing with you the awesome, terrifying power of stories. It’s going to be quite the journey.

What story-related content would you like to see on this blog? Or, what stories have stuck with you through the days or months? What about 2016 are you excited? Share below! I love to hear from my readers.

2 Comments

  1. Hallo, Hallo Ms Linton,

    You’re onto something with this post, because this is why I started my blog as a celebration of ‘stories’ without being specific about type or genre due to how much I love stories of all kinds. I definitely agree how the New Year is giving all of us a second chance of renewing our focus and deciding what we want to pursue as we go forward.

    By capitalising on your joy of how stories are crafted inasmuch as how they resonate with your heart is a great way to connect with readers of your blog (outside the scope of those who read your fiction); as I have found this to be true for me.

    I tend to go back to mentioning the Clan Chronicles quite a heap due to the nature of how the whole of the world in which the story is set captured my attention in the prequel series. There is an incredible layer of depth to the evolving story and I felt consumed by the authors vision. This kind of intensive immersion is a rare treat for me as I do not oft get to ‘go all in’ with a writers series as I have with these novels. If I hadn’t taken ill I would have read the last three I had on hand; even now I ache to return.

    In regards to my personal reading and blogging goals for 2016, it’s a return to basics, as I lost so many hours I simply could not recover them. My worst guilt was in letting down the authors and not being able to focus on the stories themselves. I walked into the New Year mindful of this, whilst setting to mind to focus on the stories I’m referencing first and take a full step back from my patterns of the past two years as a book blogger. Less is more, but with more freedom to stay with the stories longer, and to read even more dynamically as a result. I also want to bring more content to my blog that is supplemental to it’s main focus inasmuch as get back into my own manuscripts. It’s a whole New Year and that excites me the most!

    Plus too, I have wanted to get back to my roots of being an active commenter in the book blogosphere which is how I started out before I had my own blog.

    I always lament, follow your heart in all that you do, as you will never be led astray.

    I am anxiously excited to see what you will be creating in this space throughout the coming year!

    January 5, 2016
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    • Suzanna said:

      Thank you so much for your comment. I love it when I connect with someone on my blog. I’m going to try to be a more active commenter in the blogosphere as well. Good luck to you on your new year, Jorie!

      January 5, 2016
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