In chapter 6 of Daniel Taylor’s book (see yesterday’s post for Part 1), he talks about telling a good story:
“Everyone, I have claimed, has the ability to tell a story, and particularly a story from their own life. You do not have to be taught how to tell a story, or need “five secrets to good storytelling ” articles, or advice from people like me. Telling stories is as natural as breathing, and you have been doing it since before you could talk (pointing and crying and making faces being among our first storytelling strategies).”
To persuade us to write these stories down so that they may remain as a legacy, Taylor encourages,
“We have this deep-seated misconception that anyone can talk but only writers can write – as though putting our story on paper puts us in competition with Tolstoi.
Let it go. You’re not competing with Tolstoi. You’re competing with oblivion, which is what you’ll have if you don’t pass on your stories. Any story, whether beautifully or primitively written, is a strike against being forgotten.
Taylor goes on in this chapter to get some theory helpful instructions about how to begin writing down stories. Making lists of stories and characters, organizing around scenes, and telling the truth are just a few of the many excellent suggestions he offers. Again, this is where a blog fails in its capacity to share the many riches Creating a Spiritual Legacy contains. Buy the book. Write a story. Leave a legacy.