Blogtalk: Turning Life into Stories


This week’s Blogtalk rounds up a few more articles for you about how we choose to conceive and tell our life stories. Check out the following links and let me know what you think.

Kathy Hansen’s recent interview with Mary Daniels Brown at AStoriedCareer.com is worth reading if you’re considering writing about your life. As Brown succinctly says, “The same event narrated from two different perspectives will produce two different stories.” Choosing your perspective in life is at the heart of Brown’s work. I think the same goes for your narrator.

Seth Godin’s Extending the Narrative is all about the persistence of stories we tell ourselves about ourselves: “If you went to bed as a loyal company man or an impatient entrepreneur or as the put-upon retiree or the lady who lunches, chances are you woke up that way as well.” He suggests we might want to take another look at how we were perceive ourselves and to ask, “Is this a reflex that’s part of my long-told story, or is this actually a good decision?”

Worried about Putting People to Sleep with your stories? If you follow Rob Biesenbach’s 5 ways to make your stories more interesting, you’ll be off to a good start.

Did you know that Salon.com has a section called Life Stories? I didn’t. I think I’ve found a new way to distract myself from writing!

If you have resources or articles you’ve found valuable and would like to add, please post them in the comments section below.


 

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