Most of the time, I don’t feel like making up my own stories. Imagining into existence my very own characters and plot, not to mention an entire fictional universe, is hard! Just thinking about beginning such a creative endeavor is intimidating. So, as a writer who wants to write, but not be intimidated, my options are limited. I could either give up now, or . . .
Or, I could tell someone else’s story.
I recently came across this article, 3 Reasons You Should Tell Someone Else’s Story, which presents some good arguments for unoriginal storytelling. In my opinion though, this article misses perhaps the biggest reason you should tell someone else’s story—it’s great fun!
Telling someone else’s story gives a writer purpose, meaning, and wonderful challenges that don’t involve fighting with imaginary characters inside your own lonely head. It can also result in a positively whimsical end product—people love true stories, which is why the mantra “based on a true story” is so attractive. And just think—without you, Creator of Meaning, these true stories would never see the light of day.
That’s why I love creative nonfiction, and historical fiction. These are real events that came alive through some human’s unique, creative voice. These stories are objective, and subjective. Reality, and fantasy. Perhaps it’s just my inner technical communicator coming through, but to me, a whimsical representation of grounded reality can be the most noble of creative endeavors.