"When we tell stories about ourselves, they also serve another important (arguably higher) function: They help us to believe our lives are meaningful. “The storytelling mind”—the human mind, in other words—”is allergic to uncertainty, randomness, and coincidence,” Gottschall writes. It doesn’t like to believe life is accidental; it wants to believe everything happens for a reason. Stories allow us to impose order on the chaos."
- “Why Storytellers Lie” by Rob Beschizza
We tell stories to give our lives order, to make them somehow more rational. Such an interesting idea, especially when you apply it to our insane use and love of social networks, which are essentially methods of storytelling. Yes, they allow us to share and connect, but there is a deeper meaning to why we use them and stories might just be at the core of it. Did social networks and our always-connected-devices finally give us the outlet we needed? Validation that our the stories we portray of our lives have order and purpose because others are out there doing the same thing?
Ira Glass, the voice, and face of one of my favorite radio shows (yes, I still listen to the radio), This American Life, gives advice for storytellers, but really everyone. You’re going to disappoint yourself in the beginning, but if you have good taste, you know that and you keep going. Create a volume of work, just make stuff. The more you do, the more your close that gap between your work and your ambitions.