The Structure of Storytelling

I’ve been a huge fan of fiction the greater portion of my life. What started as my interest in the simple charm of the characters in the Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh books and cartoons) and the heroic spirit of Superman (Christopher Reeve’s first two Superman movies) grew into the full fledged and ever swelling compulsion to find another great story. Life is great, and man’s ability to mimic life in imaginative worlds of his own is one tremendously valuable gift that God has exclusively bestowed to mankind. After all, to be more like God (made in His image) I think He wants us to scratch our imagination with stories of our own that reflect the nature of His own [His]story.

What you’ll find from being a part of the story’s audience is a good story is seemingly simple and natural. A good story doesn’t usually seem forced or contrived by a gifted (or well-trained) storyteller. This is an art and a method. Usually art in general is accused and confused of being random. However, storytelling is a prime example that contrary to modern popular opinion, storytelling is much more like a science then an accident. The fascinating detail that makes all good stories great art is that the method of the telling is in sync with a quality of human emotion which appears to be random. Emotions—seemingly random to the average observer—breath life into the science of a well-plotted story. The composition of the story becomes art thanks to the harmony it shares with expression from the spirit (where emotions come from). Interestingly, man’s spirit, being much more dynamic and sophisticated than that of animals, is another attribute that makes us more like God’s image (persona).

In light of these characteristics of the storyteller and story, one can see clearly that the art of a story is not dictated by human standards and whims of change, but a Higher more consistent power dictates the qualities that always drive a good story home. There is never a story that can brake the bonds of God’s storytelling structure and principles. The better we understand God’s nature the better storytellers we can be, and the more we learn from stories the better we may understand the nature of God.

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