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This morning, I've been putting the final touches to a new talk, which I'll be giving at the Ocean County College tomorrow.

The whole thing started off as a variation of the 'I are a writer!' presentation I give at school assemblies. Since this talk is primarily for adults (most of whom aren't writers), as opposed to school kids (most of whom aren't writers), I made lots of alterations. In fact, I changed so many things it's become a different presentation completely.

I still have a section on what it's like being a writer in the 21st century, but a good 80% of it is new. I talk about stories in general: how they affect us at a primal level, how they influence our opinions, shape our ambitions and (sometimes) even impact the world. Not that it's particularly serious. I find my talks go down better when I make them lighthearted in tone.

The trouble is, I'm having a spot of bother thinking up a title for the darned thing. The best I can come up with so far is, The Power of Stories, but none of my ideas have me galloping down the street shouting 'Eureka!' - which is probably just as well 'cause it's blooming cold outside today.

How about you?

Care to suggest a title for a talk on the power of stories?

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Dec. 11th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
Being Catheresque, and having mulled it over,
I'm thinking "The material out of which countries are made"
There seemed to be nothing to see; no fences, no creeks or trees, no hills or fields. If there was a road, I could not make it out in the faint starlight. There was nothing but land: not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.
 -My Antonia

Dec. 11th, 2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
Seems a little too wordy, but thanks anyway :)
Dec. 11th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
Perhaps, "The stuff lives are made of" or "What lives are made of"

Because in the end,
all that remains of us in this world
are the stories people tell about us.
Dec. 11th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
Lol, I disagree. The influence we have on folks lives on, long after we kick the bucket ;)
Dec. 11th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
In that case they are showing,
rather than telling, the story of who we were.
Elaine Young
Dec. 11th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
The power of words
How about-"How stories have shaped the world."
Dec. 11th, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
Re: The power of words
Thanks, Elaine :)
Dec. 11th, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
Seeing the world through story-colored spectacles? I know that's clumsy, but it seems close to what you're thinking of. Maybe "Seeing the world through story"?
Dec. 11th, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mary :)
Dec. 11th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
This is probably more of a tagline than a title:

"Like the Energizer Bunny, the Power of Stories goes on and on and on ..."
Dec. 11th, 2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
Lol, good one :)
Dec. 11th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Ring Tone.

The power of stories, told via the written word.
Dec. 12th, 2013 12:00 am (UTC)
Lol, thanks Elizabeth :)
Dec. 12th, 2013 12:20 am (UTC)
Versus the oral tradition, of course, as there is more of a permanence to the narration. ;)
Marie Gilbert
Dec. 12th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
Title on the power of stories
Stories: Sanctuary of Dreams, Past and Future
Dec. 12th, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
Re: Title on the power of stories
Thanks, Marie :)
Dec. 12th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
Hmm, wish I could think of something clever for you. But I'm no good at that. Real-life Fiction? How Stories Shape Us? blah...

I've always been fascinated with how real well-crafted fiction can be - how a character can become a best friend, or a story haunt you, etc.

It seems so strange, and yet, quite right
that persons come alive and breathe
who were dreamed in the depths of night
yet in the morn refuse to leave
results of our imagining.
Dec. 12th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kat.

In the end, I opted for, The Power of Popular Fiction :)

Edited at 2013-12-12 10:55 pm (UTC)
Dec. 13th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
Stories Can Change Your World

Some have changed the way I perceive mine. :D
Dec. 13th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Deanna :)
Jan. 23rd, 2014 04:55 am (UTC)
Words Like Knives
Jan. 23rd, 2014 09:11 am (UTC)
Good one!

Thanks for sharing :)
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