Your article is timely, especially given the hot story by NPR: Lifespan’: What Are The Limits Of Literary License?. I would really like to hear your opinion on how author John D’Agata justifies his less than honest memories – that the “greater point is more important than the particulars”. Does his “creative license” and your “telling a story never can provide a license to lie” stand in direct opposition, or is it contextual, with each being a legitimate choice dependent on the subject?Personnally, I can’t accept D’Agata’s arguments and consider he does authors and readers great harm by his methods. Being a motivational speaker, with a historical past as an expert storyteller, I have seen this play out EXACTLY as you have defined, Ben. And you set it into words far better than I were able to.
So thanks. I tell motivational speakers all the time – SELL THE STORY. I tell those that are writing text for their online pages to forestall selling me features and benefits and SELL THE STORY. I tell people that want me to sign up for his or her cause, to quit telling me how important it is and SHOW me how essential it is – by telling me the tale of an individual your cause helped. It’s the tale that sells.
We all have truths/merchandise/facilities/advice we wish to sell/share/impact the realm with. Story is how we wrap it in a way that the author will accept, include, and act on it. Stories show as an alternative of tell, that’s vital. And thank you for inserting into words how we can create our own.