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th-4The Pleasure of Making up Stories

This is National Story Telling Week – a good time to write a new story?

Stories have entertained humans since communication began, and spread throughout the world before writing and the printing press. Stories were told on street corners and in plays, they were drawn in pictures and written on stones and in sand.

Now we listen or watch stories every day. Stories entertain, but are also reflections of life and a necessary part of the human thinking process. A story can try to make sense of something that we don’t understand.

There is no evidence of fiction in the animal kingdom except to mislead in the pursuit of food. Imagination – the ‘what if ?’ question is a part of the human brain. Storytelling and understanding sets us apart from the animal kingdom. We tell true stories to mirror an event, exaggerated stories to make them interesting and stories which are the product of pure imagination.

This  blog is a precursor or opposite of  Shed Loads of Money (3 of 6). It’s about making up stories and taking pleasure in the experience and  in sharing what you’ve written if you want to.

Great works of literature have come about and stories  have been made up just for the pleasure of doing so. Some have hung around in notebooks and others been consigned to waste bins. Sometimes they exist by word-of-mouth, like a children’s story  made up in families. Let’s look at some of the reasons to write, dance, act or paint stories.

Using Imagination

Exercising Creativity

A Fun Hobby

Keeping the brain active

Self expression

Communicate a message

Can you add more reasons?  (To tell a truth, to impart an idea)

Have you read fiction thinking ‘I could do that’? Well, give it a go. It isn’t as easy as it may seem but none the less a lot of fun.

The pleasure of story creation comes in the freedom and opportunity to do so.

Use triggers – focusing on a creative outcome improves with practice.

Stories can be reworked many times to improve them or develop new ideas within the structure.

If you would like to write a story about A Story Teller add it your blog and enter a link with the title and a 100 word synopsis in the comments so that other people can read it.

Blog 5 Next – Enjoy writing poetry and playing with language skills.

 

Fiat Cinquecento

Like Natalie's car
Like Natalie’s car

This famous little car, produced in Italy, has become a cult car, especially talked about in France.

//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_Cinquecento

I fell in love with this little car when I was choosing a car for my character Natalie to drive through France and Spain.

There’s a couple of amusing YouTube clips from top gear  The second clip starts with the mini but ends with the Cinquecento. It shows a young Jeremy Clarkson.

I think the following of this little car comes from the fact that it was fun and a challenge. Must watch these clips.

.Cinquecento You tube   Top Gear Cinquecento 1994

This car has a character of its own in  my book, and that was fun to create.

Edit Til You Cain’t Edit No More

Zara Edmonds Books

Apart from the terrible grammar, that is excellent advice.  In fact, except for sitting down and writing the first draft, editing is by far the most important thing a writer can do.  I know that, you know that.  We’ve all heard it many times.  But, really, as a writer, having written for many, many years, I am continually amazed by how a good draft truly can be transformed from good to freakin’ amazing, just with editing.

Since the advice is conventional wisdom, why am I mentioning it here?  The writing world has transformed in the last decade or so.  Mostly by the lovely creation of free and easy self-publishing.  But that freedom and ease can cause undue haste.  Write something, publish it.  Move on to the next project.  And the next, and the next after that.  The entire instantaneous internet culture only feeds that hit and run mentality.  But please…

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The Travel Bug

This blog is intended to be about the travels and life of Natalie aged 40 in, Marriage A Journey and a Dog. The people who are following are from self-help backgrounds and fellow travelers.

So this is a blog about the travel side of my life.

My husband is a retired clinical neurophysiologist. He is now Honorary Professor of Physiology in the Medical Faculty of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Sorry, that’s a bit of a mouthful. He is researching the effects of snake bites and organophosphate poisoning.

I have been teaching in a school in Kandy. We have 2000 girl pupils. It has been a great experience.  We have the privilege of sharing in the lives of people in a  poor village. We have been coming  here for 5 years, staying several months each time. There is so much about the communities spread out across the country to learn. The old and the new, rich and poor live side by side, so do the religions for now.

With the vegetation and climate comes birds, butterflies monkeys, pigs, elephants, porcupine, squirrels etc. Every time a house is built, and forestation removed, the numbers go down and the human numbers go up.

Mike Sedgwick (husband) is writing a blog on the Chandler’s Ford Today site, if you would like to know more, look it up. I’ve added some pictures, but there are lots more on Chandler’s Ford Today. You will find Mike’s picture of him in a glider.

 

Looks good, but a bit synthetic up close

 

Elephants in Sri Lanka
Typical green view travelling around Sri lanka
Typical green view travelling around Sri Lanka
View from our house
View from our house