Storytelling

Because today is National Storytelling Day, our Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is Storytelling. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…

I love stories. You know why I love stories? Because everyone has one.

Sure, you come across folks who claim they don’t have a story. But that’s just because they think they don’t have an exciting story. And maybe they don’t. Maybe their story is boring. But it’s a story… and everyone has one.

And, I’m sorry, but it doesn’t matter if you think your story is boring or exciting or somewhere in between. It’s your story. That makes it unique. That makes it special. Because no one else has a story like it.

That’s what I love about stories.

When I was in 9th grade, my class took a field trip to a town in Tennessee called Jonesborough. Have you heard of it? If you have, then you likely know where I’m going with this. The timing of this incredible overnight field trip coincided with the National Storytelling Festival, which is hosted by Tennessee’s oldest town every October.

Actually, I remember very little about that trip. See… that’s when I was in 9th grade and I was about six weeks away from being hospitalized for an eating disorder. To say I had other things on my mind during that field trip would be an understatement.

But I remember how neat that little town was. I remember thinking that it would be fun to return to the Storytelling Festival again someday. Here I am 26 years later and I still have never gone back. Not sure what’s stopping me. Jonesborough is only a three or four hour drive from where I live. I’m sure it would make for a fun weekend in the fall. But I’ve never been back there.

I was just on the website… I know why I’ve never gone back. I’ve never convinced myself that it would be worth it to buy the tickets. It’s possible I could see myself getting the one day pass for Saturday… I could drive down Friday evening, stay until Sunday morning, then head back home. Seems like most of the relevant events happen on Saturday anyway. Who’s with me?

Thanks to everyone who participated this week and shared your links! Please visit their blogs, give them a follow, and take a look at how they interpreted the prompt.

  1. Monty
  2. Renata Leo
  3. gigglingfattie

Be sure to come back on Wednesday for the next Sunday Scribblings prompt! Encourage other bloggers to challenge themselves with the prompt! Remember that there are no rules for what you write, other than responding to the prompt! You can write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose, biography, instruction… it’s all up to you!

Feature Photo by Mike Erskine on Unsplash

4 thoughts on “Storytelling

  1. I really appreciate this idea you share about everyone having their very own story. I think that’s one reason I’m ok writing about my own life and sharing. It may or may not be interesting to you but it is unique and I’m the only one that can tell it. Thanks for a great post (and prompt)!

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