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.