The Art and Science of Storytelling
Everyone has a story within them – the problem that many have is that they lack the tools and encouragement to do so. When you put together the right community and technology, everyone has the power to unleash their story. As Alice Walker the American novelist says, “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
People have a habit of sharing parts of their story on social media to the tune of 7.5 million daily blog posts.
These posts include 1 million LinkedIn posts, and over 415 million posts on Facebook and Twitter. Storytelling helps you achieve success: it makes any fact 22 times more memorable.
People that write down goals are 1.5x more likely to achieve their goals. It also is not as time consuming as you might think, where only 15 minutes over 3 days can improve your mental and physical health.
The psychological benefits of writing include allowing you to heal by processing emotions faster than non-writing methods. It’s easier to communicate difficult concepts and help you work on your communication skills. Self-reflection is key – as British actress Emma Watson has stated: “I think your thoughts are so much less frightening when they’re tangible, when you can see them on a page in front of you.”
How can you get started? First, decide what to write about. Build it up as a habit and start small – even 10 minutes at a time. It’s key to commit and make it a daily / several times a week habit. Daily journaling can also continue your positive habit forming process.
Daily habits and journaling aren’t enough to keep the process going. Each writer needs support, guidance, and feedback from others in order to be successful. In addition, there are new technologies that have emerged that allow one to socialize writing. You can even create, protect, and sell personal content through these systems. If you need help, there are private communities of writers to help you collaborate. Don’t hold your story in anymore, writing your story can help unlock your greatness.