Words have always made humans one of the most powerful species, but it isn’t just the way you speak or the words you choose but how you form those words into well-written or well-spoken stories. Stories have the power to motivate, offer comfort, empower and mobilize. With the right story, you can interest millions of people and continue a legacy for a millennium. Writing a story takes time and practice. Many parts have to come together for a great story to emerge, and it is through the efforts of great, courageous minds that words continue to persist and create other amazing authors and speakers.
When there is a cause that brings people together, a story can empower those minds to do something great together while allowing the complete freedom to freelance write to one’s content. The point of a story is to display a theme, moral, goal, lesson or just a fantasy that intrigues and inspires. To empower with a story, you first need a theme that a lot of people can relate to. Maybe it’s a story about an underdog who rises to the occasion or a coming of age tale about a person struggling with illness. In both of these stories, you can see that there will be challenges to overcome. Part of the fun is designing those challenges in a way that others can relate and feel empowered to do something.
A story that motivates is a little bit like empower, but motivation is more about getting from point A to point B. A motivating cause in a story shows others how to get up and start doing something in their own lives. It can be overthrowing an evil bull terrorizing a school yard so that kids can play freely or showing a community bonding over an endangered local animal and taking part in eco-friendly activities to see its species prosper. In both of these stories, there’s an action and result. The result that follows the action is the motivating factor for your story.
Comfort or Solidarity
People also need to bond over stories. It’s important to sympathize and relate to an audience. That’s why so many stories have to have characters or situations that can be related to their readers. For instance, Star Wars tells the tale of Luke Skywalker. People relate to Luke because he is coming of age and has big dreams for himself, something that many young people can relate to. However, he’s also searching for his place in this world, trying to save his family and coming to terms with his mortality. Those are lessons that many people can relate to and want to see in a story, or any fiction writing for that matter. You don’t have to combine all of these angles to make a character comfortable. In fact, sometimes it’s also a good thing to bond with characters that make readers uncomfortable, such as Severus Snape. In his tale, he played a double spy, but his story affected so many because of how strong he loved the protagonist’s mother.
It’s time for readers to take action. Inspiring others with stories is the key to success. By including all of the above in your story, people begin to form their own ideas and answers to questions posed by the books. How can people protect others from bullies? How can humans help other species and the environment? Isn’t it time to finally say ‘I love you’ to a high school sweetheart? Mobilizing your readers is simply about making them so interested in a cause or idea that it becomes a snowball effect. If you can do that with your words, you’ve probably created a story that won’t be forgotten in time.
With assistance from America’s Press, Gerald Nash hopes to write the next great American novel.