THE POWER OF STORY
The dance between creators and their creation is a passionate one. There are cycles of inspiration and the vision for the inevitability of a project. The creators see it completed, while doggedly gutting out the tasks to get there. There’s the occasional near-despair when hearing “no” more than “yes,” followed by elation when the path becomes clear again.
Great teamwork eases the way and helps all involved to stay focused until the vision is fully realized. As creators, love for the creation is seeded by the respect and love that all on the creative team feel for each other. The dance doesn’t end with completion of a project, it simply expands as the audience joins in with their vision and imagination to enjoy the magic that was made for them.
Making Stories That Matter
We can’t live without stories, so why not make them matter? The richest parts of the human experience are shared in stories and they fulfill a need as vital to us as the water and food we require. We are what we eat—in story as well. The quality of our lives is fed by our story choices; the ones we take in as artists, and the ones we choose to tell.
Stories show us we are not alone. They help us imagine the narrative arc we can live out fully—so that who we are today doesn’t limit the potential of who we know we can become. Our imagination reaches far beyond what we can personally experience in a lifetime. Stories witness our struggle and show us how to care about the suffering of others. We face our fears, confront our inevitable death, and experiment with myriad possibilities vicariously—before deciding what we’ll take on experientially in our own lives.
With all this at stake, we embrace the life-long challenge of storytelling, doing whatever it takes to feed the hunger of the soul.
Lydia Nibley works with other content creators to maximize the value and impact of a project, deepen its relevance and reason to be, and make it richer and more substantial.
One of the most delightful challenges is when a worthy project is stuck in the middle of a story muddle and the creator or team can’t see a way through to the complete vision.
Sometimes it’s a question of whether the story is best told as fiction or nonfiction. Is it most viable as a screenplay, series, documentary, memoir, or novel? That’s when it’s time to carefully listen to how a story wants to be told, to give it the opportunity to whisper it’s secrets about the shape, size, tone and genre it wants to be to reach its prime audience.
Like a skittish horse, a budding story must be handled carefully yet confidently until it settles. It then becomes headstrong and feisty as it determines how it must be told, and then—well, then it gets wild with conviction and purpose and we hold on tightly and ride hard through to the end.
The Art Of Story
In addition to consulting, Lydia teaches seminars and leads master classes. She has screened, lectured, and been an artist-in-residence for Harvard University, California State Polytechnic, Chapel Hill North Carolina, Michigan State University, Stephens College, the University of Missouri, The Colorado College, and UCLA.