StoryOgraphy

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Like any good story, let’s begin at the beginning.

A story, whether personal, folkloric or original, begins with an image. An image steeped in the savory, spicy allure of meaning and emotion. Story’s powerful images can inspire us to seek our fortune . . . to engage in a sizzling romance . . . or . . . to embark on a
life-enhancing journey. For in story, as in life, its characters are as outlandishly adventurous, deviously mischievous and outrageously zany as any of us truly are.

“But wait! What is a story? Really, what is a story? Isn’t everything we read, hear and tell a story?”

Story: The place where it all begins: Life is as it is . . .
Change happens . . . Now what? . . .
A new normal unfolds . . .

A place where the ending is never the same as the beginning.

Story: The meaning we attach to events in our lives or those in the world around us.

First let’s look at the words story and choreography, then at the suffix “ography”. Yes, story . . . the vehicle which we use in adding meaning to the events and the experiences of our daily lives. Choreography is the art and science of movement; dance movement. Ography’s definition has to do with the writing of, the study of or the art of . . . lots of things such as; rocks, oceans, photos, maps; even the collection of dictionary words and the study of incorrect writing and wrong spelling. Storyography is the choreography of story, engaging all of us in the vivid realism of story’s journey. A Storyographer is literally the choreographer of story’s colorful, often zany, cast of characters moving through story’s adventurous journey.

But wait! Honestly, I checked the dictionary – actually several of them. From the traditional hardcover books to their newly-fabbed, on-line computer search engines; truly a word-defining buffet! Yet, really, neither the words storyographer or storyography, are there. Honest!

OK . . . You are right. Yes! This is true! Maybe not in a Webster, or a Merriam-Webster or even dictionary.com, but hey, who knows? When stepping into the future, these words may someday appear, alphabetically categorized, among their catalogs of words and word-   streaming definitions! Until then, why do I love these words that are words, but not “officially” words?

First let’s look at the words story and choreography, then at the suffix “ography”. Yes, story . . . the vehicle which we use in adding meaning to the events and the experiences of our daily lives. Choreography is the art and science of movement; dance movement. Ography’s definition has to do with the writing of, the study of or the art of . . . lots of things such as; rocks, oceans, photos, maps; even the collection of dictionary words and the study of incorrect writing and wrong spelling. Storyography is the choreography of story; its zany cast of characters, its intriguing plotline and its transformational element of change. Storytellers engaging audiences in the vivid realism of its unfolding. A storyographer is the choreographer of story’s engaging cast of characters moving through its adventurous journey.

Now, where do we go from here?

Have you ever wondered what you could do to enhance your storytelling or story living skills? Whether you wondered about this or not, you are here . . . actually reading this blog . . . so stay with me. Come along and join me as together we step into the interactive images of story and its adventurous unfolding.    

“Tell me a story!” . . . Words reflecting the engaging thrill, delight and adventure one experiences in the presence of a great story.”

 

Except taken from Break Out Storytelling: A Leap off the Page Guide to Telling a Story by Grace Wolbrink; 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Welcome aboard! We would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

Until next time . . . Let your Storyographer’s journey begin!

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