Something Delicious about a Story

“There’s something delicious about writing those first few words of a story, you can never quite know where they’ll take you.”

Beatrix Potter, author of Peter Rabbit, in Miss Potter.

Reading a story can take you places you never imagined, but writing a story can take you even farther. When I tell people that I write using a narrative arc, they usually assume that I write fictional narratives. But anything can have a narrative arc—including your life.

When I look back on the events of my life, I see the narrative evolving. And it still is. All of our lives are.

There is a steady progression of events that have lead to climaxes, disappointments and triumphs. There are characters who come and go along the way. The beauty of the story of our lives is that the narrative doesn’t end. As long as we keep moving forward, the story does as well.

So both non-fiction and fiction are story. You just have to look for the monumental events to see it. You just have to reflect a bit. And beginning a new part of a story, or a new story in general, can be delicious.

What part of the story are you in? Drop me a line and let me know.

For further resources, check out Donald Miller’s video series Into the Elements and my personal favorite, William Zinsser’s On Writing Well.

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