Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Once upon a time

What is a story?

This is a question asked by one of the characters in the ABC TV show Once Upon a Time, which retells traditional fairy tales and jumps between the contemporary world and the ancient parallel reality of fairy tales.  He is questioning what is real and what isn't; and how truth and fact affects our perceptions of reality.

I have just written a guest blog for Creatabot, which explores ideas of story and narrative.  An extract is below.......

Writers think instinctively in terms of narrative, of story.  It’s how we make sense of the world.  The brain, our computer, processes what we see, feel, hear and looks for meaning in this input, based on our internal database of past experiences, of what has already been recorded and stored.
“Our brain casts us as ‘the protagonist’ and then edits our experience with cinema-like precision, creating logical interrelations, mapping connections between memories, ideas, and events for future reference.  Story is the language of experience.”
(Quote from Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron, Ten Speed Press.)

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