Facts have come under attack recently, especially those “alternative” ones (pretty sure we used to call those lies). In reality, people have been finding facts to back up whatever point they want to make while conveniently ignoring those that don’t for ages.
That’s why I was interested to come across an article at work about how storytelling, not facts, was a more effective way to provide information, get people to listen and change minds. It makes sense. Think about those commercials on late night television seeking donations for animals in shelters. If someone tells you there are 100,000 dogs currently in shelters it’s not going to be as memorable (or impactful) as seeing a picture of a poor abandoned pup. Storytelling makes the difference.
The other tangentially related news story I saw was about the recent uptick in book sales, both electronic and physical, in the last few months. While increased sales make sense during the holidays, the analysts suggested that the continued increase in January is directly related to fears and worries in daily life. It’s storytelling to the rescue, this time as a means of escape and a way to recharge.
Sounds like time to get writing. I think I’ll start with a round of Random Word Improv to wake up those Girls in the Basement.
Care to join me?
Whether you’re working away on your latest manuscript, flexing your political muscles, or escaping with a favorite story, a few minutes of Random Word Improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page. I’ll be giving today’s words a try once I finish with last week’s words. Go ahead and start without me; I’ll catch up.
For any of you new to Random Word Improv, here’s how we play:
- Pick as many words from the list as you want
- Write the first line(s) of a story (or a whole mini-story) incorporating your words
- Post your results in the comments section.
All right, let’s get started. Here are today’s randomly selected words– can’t wait to see what stories you find hidden in the list.
Dream princess puppy mountain
Wave forest saucer emerald
Shimmer twilight splash forlorn
Whisper journey kangaroo geranium
Are you ready? Go!
*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*
Back already? Can’t wait to read what you’ve come up with.
Happy writing to all.