Myth, Fiction, and Magic: The Best Storytelling Tools

Myth, Fiction, and Magic: The Best Storytelling Tools

Unfortunately, in our culture, we’ve completely distorted the meaning of myth.

Next time you want to say something’s mistaken in fact, just say it’s wrong, don’t say, “it’s a myth.”


Because myth is simply a term for a sort of truth that can’t be verified in the normal ways.

For example, you wouldn’t talk about “verifying” whether or not Icarus flew too close to the sun. It doesn’t matter if the story can be verified or not.

What matters, is that arrogant behavior, often brings a terrible retribution.

Now, let’s move on to “fiction”. Same issue: don’t try to “verify” it. Consider fiction as something unverifiable, but with the ability to move us and teach us in ways superior to facts.

Why do you think non-fiction authors work so diligently to make their work “creative” or “narrative” non-fiction?

They put this description in front of “non-fiction” because they know that they want their stories to leap off the page, and only the best kind of storytelling, the kind that’s “creative”, provides that kind of reader-rush.
Next time you pick up a book of that kind, note how many times authors begin with a specific event, on a specific date, with a specific person. They know that an opening like that, traditionally associated with fiction, draws a reader into even the most challenging documentary material.

So, don’t mix up factual truth with the arts of myth and fiction when it comes to telling stories. And, don’t discount the power of stories, the best bypass ever made to go directly to someone’s heart, to move a mindset.

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