“Once lived women of apathy and chaste, holding the keys to society’s gate. As she walked down with pride and dignity, all praised her benevolence, exuberant charm, and tenacity!”
Enticing? Such is the charm of storytelling that envelopes one and all in its trail of curious and intriguing nature. What happened next? You must have pondered as every line inches ahead subtly, raising some questions while answering some. As it progresses and ebbs towards a sententious conclusion, we remain awestruck with its glory and values!
What is Story Telling?
Storytelling is an ancient art that has been practiced for eons for many purposes. Ancient people implemented storytelling, visual storytelling, or arts and fables to witness tales of glory and hardships. From the corners of ancient villages, local people summoned, with one of them - fascinatingly presenting a story to appeal to the bunch of gawking eyes pondering upon the maneuvering storylines.
Today, in many parts of the world, storytelling has been recognized as one of the highly coveted skills to celebrate the language and literature, notable works of renowned authors who touched our lives with their profound writings and moving pieces.
Stories Come in Different Forms
Oral storytelling is one of the most primitive forms of storytelling that involves a storyteller who tries to build an emotional connection with the listeners, engaging them with tales of life, hardships, battles, and alike.
Ancient cave paintings, illustrations are evident of the visual art of storytelling that prevailed in those times. Today, cinema storytelling has taken a compelling shape introducing ongoing visuals encapsulating the very essence of the tale, making it realistic and thought-provoking.
Epics, fairy tales, novels, short stories, and books stacked in rows featuring some of the finest works by noteworthy authors include written storytelling. Back in ancient times, scripts of visual arts, paintings were created to reach the mass using letters and infographics until the printing press ushered to reach the global audience, thereby altering the way of storytelling forever.
The advent of tech has given us access to seemingly an endless library of stories. We can access stories and biographies via podcasts, radio, and alike with a click or touch. Today, many mobile applications have surfaced, providing hosts of stories we can access as to read or listen. Digital storytelling is changing tides of conventional storytelling!
Importance of StoryTelling
Each of us has a story. Our story begins right after we start the journey of life. Stories aren’t limited to the old, shamans, or writers. They are for all, including the visually impaired. That’s the beauty of stories. Many of us might ponder - why is storytelling important? Our answer remains - It immerses one and all within its light of fascination, fostering a sense of togetherness.
Stories Help Us Cope.
Imagine a story wherein a hero defeated a monster using certain tricks and motivation. That’s how children use their imagination to deal with troubles of life, behaving like a hero trying to evade challenges that come their way!
Stories Engage Us.
As you read or listen to a story, we kind of visit a place, a place in the story, feeling like one of the characters in the story. That’s how it influences us. It whirls our emotion, making us think the way the creator wants to or maybe more. But it does. Such is the power of stories,
Stories Uplift Us.
Certain classic stories of people who risked their lives to reach goals or the lives of eminent personalities who struggle hard to taste success, all such stories impact us with our takeaways being motivated and willing to work harder in life.
Stories make Us Kind.
When we hear stories of different people - their struggles and adversities, we tend to empathize with them. We align ourselves in that situation, feeling how they must have felt-vicariously! This makes us better humans fostering compassion and solicitude.
We Need Stories
Stories are one way that interconnects each one of us in various ways. In our fast-paced life, with no space for meetings and cherishing over the forgotten bonds, stories beckon love.
It is elemental in our cognitive, social, and emotional development, intriguing us to think more expanding our horizons of imagination.
Literacy begins as we co-create stories. Stores are key to educating people as we guide one and all to co-create and share their stories amongst one another. For instance, sharing stories of a growing women community may inspire other communities to tread the same path. That’s the power of stories!
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