The Art of Storytelling: Turning Experiences into Remarkable Tales
Storytelling is an integral factor of literature. It is considered to be one of the oral traditions that have existed since the Anglo-Saxon literary period until today. This art is considered as an activity that promotes both social and cultural method of sharing tales that are occasionally done with ad-lib, theatrics, or communication. It can simply pertain to the limited sense of transmitting tales from generations to generations with the use of mouth and to the unrestricted sense of the utilization of techniques in other mediums to unravel a tale’s narrative.
Experience, on the other hand, refers to the process wherein the living sees the world and everything around them. It can also refer to the events that are seen, felt, or observe by people, animals, and other living creatures in the environment that they are in. The word “experience” definitely has different meanings depending on the person that describes it and how it was perceived.
You probably are wondering how significant experiences become that there are a lot of literary works that are based on them. Literature is a way of life while experience is part of life; hence, they meet at one common ground which is the most complex puzzle to solve in the world called life. These observations and perceptions of people in their day to day living can become great stories that may inspire people from different walks of life and generations.
The experiences of women collected and put into one literary work by Carol Wilson-Mack provided a challenging stories of Patchwork: Conversations Between Generations — is the best example of how experiences go beyond their nature and become a promising work of literature. The book truly gave a platform for these women to be heard and to tell their tales. That said; let us get to know how the factors that make people’s views, emotions, and observations toward the world turn into wonderful literary pieces.
Unfortunate experiences, such as death, grief, and all things related, create touching tales
Literature is powerful. It can make painful emotions and events into something that can live eternally. When a person experiences a loss of a loved one, a near-death situation, broken relationships, failed goals, and more, the tendency is either they get drowned to the sorrow or get back up. These types of situations are hard to deal with, but literature is there to welcome your pain and wounds with open arms. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is based on a real story of suicide, and I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain by Emily Dickinson which show how the persona was drown into madness are the best examples of how unfortunate events can create a big impact on the person and how they can become wonderful masterpieces.
All you need to do is to wait for time to heal your pain. When that moment comes, you can start to gather all your courage and share that agony to the world. You’ll never know how many lives that your misfortune and bravery will touch and inspire.
Societal and political issues that impact people’s lives make the most empowering stories
Every person is either aware or chose not to be aware about the things that are going on the society. Those who want to see some changes in the middle of chaos turn to literature, because it is a great platform to express and be heard. There are, in fact, several works that are tackle both societal and political issues from the past and the present written by concerned individuals. Some works with themes that are about social and political problems are Noli Me Tangere by Dr. Jose Rizal, The Handmaid’s Tail by Margaret Atwood, The Selection by Kiera Cass, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, and more.
It cannot be denied that each person has had an ugly experience while living in this chaotic world. Some of them have been through so much discrimination due to their race, class, appearance, and intellectual capacity, harassment because of their bodies, clothes, and behaviors, and struggles to be heard and empowered. The mentioned factors are just evidence on how no one can escape the cruel society and, sometimes, government; but, with literature — each of these problems can be discussed because it gives people a voice and opportunity to express.
Delightful human experiences and other events turn into heartwarming literary pieces
Who says that only pain and problems can become a work of literature? Every experience, likes, and events that move people can become a remarkable piece. It only depends on you on what experience you want to share to others and in what way, oral or written. Every single day, you get to go through a brand new day with a clean slate. You’ll never know what awaits you when tomorrow comes. But one thing is for sure, there will always be delightful and joyful experiences that are worthy to be shared to the world through literature.