I have found, that to get to a truly useful definition of stories, we have to ask: Why do stories exist in the first place?
The Tree of Life: A Simple Exercise for Reclaiming Your Identity and Direction in Life Through Story
It is a visual metaphor in which a tree represents your life and the various elements that make it up–past, present, and future. By labeling these parts, you not only begin to discover (or perhaps rediscover) aspects of yourself shaped by the past, but you can then begin to actively cultivate your tree to reflect the kind of person you want to be moving forward.
Retelling the Stories of Our Lives: Everyday Narrative Therapy to Draw Inspiration and Transform Experience
In a few hundred pages of incredibly readable and straightforward text, author and narrative therapist David Denborough unpacks some stunning insights into how stories shape both our internal and external lives.
An anecdote is nothing more than a simple story. The kind that every single human being on Earth tells on a daily basis.
Their advice centers around a problem that many writers have. Namely, a boring story. A story that lacks a sense of cause and effect, of tension and rising action.
Winning the Story Wars contains a lot of commentary on the state of marketing today (broadcast era vs. “digitoral era” and empowerment marketing vs. the “evil” or “dark art” of marketing) but at its core it brings to light and then clarifies a few key insights.
The list is comprised of the books and series I’ve been most impressed with since diving head long into my exploration of the genre.
This short list of fun urban fantasy books and series blurs the lines a bit between a strict definition of urban fantasy and say – paranormal or supernatural fantasy. But what I think is most important when putting a list like this together is the quality of the books that make the cut.
If you’ve ever felt creatively stalled or unable to execute existing ideas then this book is definitely for you. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.