Everybody has a story to tell but not everybody can tell a story. If they could there wouldn’t be jobs for ghostwriters or developmental editors. Right? The moment I meet someone and they find out I’m an author three out of five people will reply, “That’s so neat, I’ve always wanted to write a book.”
I’m not entirely sure why this seems to be their default response. When I meet a car salesman I don’t say, “I’ve always wanted to sell cars.” But if I had to guess, it would probably be because most of us love storytelling. Some of us enjoy watching those stories play out on the big screen, some of us binge through them on our favorite video streaming programs, others bury our noses within their pages and some listen to musicians belt them out on the radio. No matter the outlet we enjoy being told a story and there are certain things that make those stories worth our time and money.
What is even more interesting is that we are all drawn to different stories. I had a friend who was super thrilled to watch the new Nicholas Sparks movie, whatever it was at the time. She thought for sure two ladies against one guy, her husband, would win the vote between watching The Best of Me (I googled which one released the same year for the curious readers) or Dracula Untold. Dracula won. Why?
Because while I enjoy love stories, or stories about love, I’m not a hopeless romantic. For me, adventure, mystery, or suspense is always going to win over the love story. (As you can probably guess, Hallmark is not my movie channel of choice. Although, I will admit, I quickly get sucked into whatever movie is playing if I sit there for a moment too long.)
Challenge for You: What stories/genres are you attracted to?
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