Many people have one good book inside them. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that every person has at least one good story inside them. And that story demandsÂ to be beheld. It hurts us when our story remains ‘unspoken’.
When we lived in tribes, we all knew each others stories and somehow that … validated us. If we are notÂ heard, touched,Â seen and understood we feel impoverished; we fail to thrive. In fact, after survival is assured, to be valued may be our most driving human need.
Ancient publishing systems worked great. Stories were collected and distributedÂ for generations orally around campfires, chanted to the throb ofÂ drumbeats, danced toÂ and reenacted – stories were treasured. Hunting storiesÂ were drawn on walls with charcoal and minerals. Migration stories and birth stories were carved in rock; we callÂ them petroglyphs and pictograms.Â The author connected to their audience and the audience was engaged. This is the basis, the foundation of our industry. It’s important that we do not forget that.