It is hard to feel that early confidence as a writer when the story is still developing or if one is undergoing healing. But once the story gets underway and the themes of one's story are crystal clear, it's time to see the author as a character in a movie.
This is the first post of the Social Storytelling Series -- a series which aims to highlight individuals and organizations that embrace the power of social media to empower their communities through impactful storytelling.
The choices we make have the ability to impact change. I believe that kindness spreads, so choosing to act in this way and to have a positive outlook can create a ripple effect to inspire others as well.
The other day I responded to a want ad for a "storyteller," and, since having returned to freelance writing after a long career on both the agency and client side, I thought I would investigate. Here's my story.
Today, inspired again by technology and multi-media, education once again has its change makers and innovators. They are calling their ideas "21st Century Learning" which makes me smile right down to the bottom of my construction boots.
When someone is writing a piece outing another as transgender, and when someone who reviews that content sees it come across their desk, there are moral issues that must be considered, just as there would be when writing about any member of a population that faces discrimination.
That's why I've become so fascinated by the power that stories, not speeches, can bring to the workplace. The Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner said, "Every great leader is a great storyteller," and I've come to realize how true this is.
People often talk about a novel being plot-driven or character-driven. For me, that can be an artificial distinction. For my taste, the best novels -- those that capture me and make me feel sorry the read is coming to an end -- are those driven by both.
Worse, my red and white leather running shoes were ruined; caked in mud and scuffed from toe to heel. I cursed aloud, " No shirt, no shoes, no proof -- who's going to believe me when I talk about this death-defying adventure?
Make stories part of your culture -- and more than that, the integrity of your culture. All-hands meetings can be pivotal here. Stories are often the best way to relate how a company is doing, what people are doing well, and what they could be doing better.
Sometimes, authors become so focused on the idea of being convincing writing a character of the opposite gender, or a different race, or different cultural background, that they neglect to write a convincing character.
Disney found that these were the two humanizing components that caused audiences to identify with and connect to the stories and characters he made famous. I believe these qualities prove so effective because they tap our deepest human needs.
I wondered about each woman, each couple. I was the only person there whose pregnancy showed. I turned my eyes down, covered my belly and tried to slow my breathing. I was pissed: This was the first time I'd ever been pregnant, happily married and wanting a baby, yet here I was.
William Luvaas' brilliant new collection of short stories, Ashes Rain Down: A Story Cycle, is a wildly inventive and epic comedy of prophetic visions, and a masterpiece of fiction for our own modern times.
Women who have had abortions, along with our allies, are taking the lead, showing that even in the midst of increasing hostility, polarization, and politicization, it's possible to nurture human connection and empathy.