The math behind the beautiful stories
People have always found ways to tell their stories, regardless of the channels and communication technologies available. Stories bring us together and carry along our memory – irrespective of their kind – family, personal, love, folk, war or childhood stories.
Today there is a word for describing this habit of passing on the stories: storytelling. This phenomenon captured the world’s attention by the daydreaming state it brings to the listener of the stories, for the way that allows the listener to learn and to understand the things that surround him or her. As a matter of fact, Ludwig Wittgenstein said that the limit of one’s language is the limits of one’s world.
Fortunately, today the ways to tell stories go beyond the boundaries of the word and explore the infinite possibilities of music, sounds and visual
. Nowadays you may tell multi-sensory stories, you may transpose the viewer in the world which is in the story, and in the end a part of the story will stay with him or her forever.
However, the steps that would lead you to tell a story are the same:
- Find an idea
- Search – the most important part of storytelling is listening. Listen leisurely the stories of the people belonging to a community, of the protagonists in that story, ask questions, catch the touch of the words and glances and always try to ponder how you can potentiate them when you are going to tell your story forward.
- Write – committing the story to paper may turn out more difficult than you expected, but it will help you to order your ideas and stories, to identify the plot and maybe new perspectives of presentation. Do not get discouraged if you write the story on the paper several times.
- Establish the essential moments– decide which are the main points of the story and think how to enlarge them through …
- … words, pictures, video and audio means – they have their own role, intensifiy a certain state and, one way or another, they are going to embed the story in the memory of the listener.
- Set up! – there are many technologies for setting up, and, if you feel that you need help, you may go to the librarian from the public library where you are going to find the technology you need and a person that will guide you..
- Share – a story which is not told dies. Send it to the closest people, make it public. And get ready for the next step..
- Accept the feedback – a story which is told çomes to life in the heart of the one who listens. Find out what reactions it caused and do not be surprised if your story catches as many interpretations as listeners, some of them very far from what you originally thought.
The project Cultural Agora @ Your Library encourages the members of the ethnic groups from Sibiu, Cluj, Brăila and Bucharest to tell their stories.