Updated: Sep 15
If it's about making a story, everything starts with an idea, not a cloud of dust. The idea is what invites you to a story, encourages it to come to life, and connects you to it. The famous thinker Nietzsche likened the headaches he suffered to the birth pains that ideas created in him and said that only thanks to these pains he could start writing something. Just like those great ideas of Nietzsche, all ideas occupy your mind and persuade you to bring them to life. An idea doesn't always have to be just a thought. Everything that stays in your mind and compels you to create a story; An image, an emotion, a memory, or an intriguing question can be an idea to start building a story. The important thing is that the idea should give you a grounding and excitement to get started, that is, a story worth creating.
We All Want Something! The age we live in is known as the age when people faced the most stimuli throughout history. Think how much information, sounds, images, people and stories we are exposed to in a single day. In this order, where we are surrounded by information and stimuli, our minds contain many ideas in a chaotic operation. Technically, we all have lots of ideas that we sometimes don't even think about or even realize are there. That's why it's important not to let go of an idea that stands out and draws attention out of all this chaos. Our mind is like a natural filter that removes the unimportant things, making us forget many of our ideas, and what we still remember in the end is probably what we really want to tell the story of. This desire is the driving force of a story. Thanks to this desire, we can develop an idea, construct it and narrate it.
We Decide How to Get It!
Of course, an idea cannot become a story by itself. Just as a caterpillar needs food and a cocoon to turn into a butterfly, an idea needs time, appropriate conditions and a technique. How we develop an idea and with what technique we narrate it is entirely our decision. On the way from an idea to a story, there are many things we must decide and many "how" questions we must ask ourselves. How can this idea be constructed? How can it be visualized or verbalized? How to start the story and how to end it? It is possible to derive numerous questions like these. The best thing to do at this point is to start as simple as possible. There is one tip that great writers and business executives constantly recommend: the ability to simplify even the most complex idea to someone who knows nothing about it. After achieving this simplicity, it will be easier to think about the techniques that need to be decided and to find answers to the questions about the storytelling process. Because answering "how" questions is the only way to put what was just an idea into narrative form.
We Start A New Journey!
Even after you decide how to storyize an idea, you may find that the questions and thoughts never end. Storytelling is far from being something that happens all at once, it is a process and, like every process, it continues to differ from beginning to end. There is often a lot of difference between an idea when you have it and after the story is over, because that's what storytelling is all about; growing an idea through a process, going on a journey with it and developing it.
As with any journey, the storytelling process is extremely unpredictable and exciting. As you work on an idea and a story, it changes, develops and teaches you at the same time. In preparing the story to tell others, you're actually telling a lot about yourself, and this interaction opens up other ideas in your mind. So take your time, give yourself and your story the necessary duration and attention. Feel free to go where the road takes you and, as Archimedes said about levers, believe you can move that story as long as you have a good idea.