The Story of Life

I don't know about you, but this summer has certainly seemed to show all sides of life. The good and the bad. The happy, the sad. And everything in between.

When we write, we like to think we have techniques and tricks that help us convey all this through our characters. But sometimes, we need to simply step back and marvel at the intricate, delicate world in which we all live. It can be poignant and perspective-shattering (Or perspective-renewing), sometimes all at once!

This video says it better than I can. It originated in healthcare, but I think it applies to so many other things too. So, let's raise a glass to life and all its facets, and remember the others around us.

**Fair warning...Kleenexes may not be amiss for this one. It is some pretty touching stuff.**


  1. If we can capture just a little bit of real human connections, we'll write a good story.

  2. I agree with Alex. And writing is a good way of processing the emotions that arise in the course of life, as is reading a book that does this well.

  3. I totally agree we need to sometimes step back to see and experience all that life has to offer.

  4. That's pretty powerful - you're right that if we want the best chance to capture real humans in our writing, we need to experience real human interactions and feelings for ourselves and get out there.

  5. That was quite the emotional video. And you're absolutely right, the best way to capture authentic and emotional interactions on paper is to observe and experience the real thing.

  6. So true we need to step back, slow down, and experience life sometimes. It helps our writing and is just good in general.

  7. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful video. :-)

    I think that we as writers need to try to live in someone else's shoes. Otherwise nothing we write would ever feel real.

  8. Alex - I definitely believe that.

    Nick - Absolutely!

    Lynda - It's easy to forget, but so important.

    Jamie - I know. It's incredibly moving.

    Michael - Authenticity is a wonderful word for it. That's it exactly.

    Natalie - Yes it is!

    Misha - You're welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.