I have been thinking a lot about story. Not the stories that are contained in our books, but the stories that are contained in our lives.
What makes a story great?
Is the life that we (librarians) are living a page-turning story? Or is it a story we would get bored reading?
Humans naturally seek comfort and stability. Without an inciting incident that disrupts their comfort, they won’t enter into a story. They have to get fired from their job or be forced to sign up for a marathon. A ring has to be purchased. A home has to be sold. The character has to jump into the story, into the discomfort and the fear, otherwise the story will never happen.
You don’t know a story is happening to you when you’re in it. You slide into the flow of it like a current in the ocean; you look back at the beach and can’t see the umbrella, and your hotel is a quarter mile behind you.
What makes a great story?
As part of my reflective journey, I want to make sure that I live out an intentional page-turning story. I also want to make sure that my story intersects with your story. So I want to thank you for being part of my story.