The television program, “This is Your Life,” a jewel from the fifties, lured unsuspecting famous folk in studio. Audio clips touting their achievements followed. Next, those who’ve witnessed the celebrity’s accomplishments were paraded in.
Hugs, sometimes tears, followed. Presents, including jewelry, a memory scrapbook, a 16 mm projector and camera, were presented to the honored guest. The well-deserved tribute touched the viewing public, often reminding them of the good in people, the contributions they’ve made regardless of their craft or walk of life.
In that vain, let’s roll tape.
Dear Unpublished Writer,
This is your life!
You, the lonely writer, hiding behind your laptop. Yes you. No doubt you’ve been highly criticized in your writing career. At times even, discounted your own abilities.
You, my friend, have a gift.
The ability to find the right words, string them together, create story that evokes feelings and thoughts.
Soak that in a moment. Little you, harnessing creativity, imagination, and talent into a well-crafted story. Wow.
At your disposal are 170,000 (general use) words, give or take. All a keystroke away. A jumble of endless letters and words.
The stories you write can change people. Language processing parts of the brain activate when people read. When a passage takes the reader on a bicycle zooming along a winding road, the reader’s motor sensory cortex lights up. A line about a woman’s velvety touch arouses the sensory cortex. This is science folks. And you, dear writer, possess the ability to light reader’s brains. In fact, a great story can put the whole brain to work.
And it gets better.
Telling your stories shape how others think. The brain of the person telling the story (writer) can synchronize with the reader, according to Uri Hasson from Princeton.
“When (readers) understood the story, their brains synchronize with (the writer). Specifically, in the insula, an emotional brain region in the frontal cortex.”
By simply telling a story, we plant ideas, thoughts and emotions into the reader’s brains, according to Hasson.
He adds, “Anything you’ve experienced, you can get others to experience. Or at least, get their brain areas to activate the same way.”
Challenging and expanding our understanding of the writer/reader relationship deepens the need to experience more stories through various lens.
So, bravo writer. You’re brilliant. Readers are waiting to read your unique imaginings. You’re a born storyteller, a creative mind dizzy with ideas. Daydreams are your story fodder. Subconscious thoughts bubble to the surface and spill onto the pages. Unleash your muse and bathe in your gift.
This is your life.
Disclaimer: no presents, including jewelry, a memory scrapbook, a 16 mm projector and camera will be sent to you.
Mental Floss provides links to the top 5 episodes of “This is your Life.” View them here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/60936/5-must-see-episodes-your-life 1 \lsdpri