Why Why Stories?

Stories in general can be compelling, but why stories – stories that provoke deep thought and satisfy curiosity – fascinate me. I like why stories because  I like answers.

A friend said recently, “You like to tell stories, don’t you?”

Teri and Rich “the Professor” at home.

I do. So long as they pique and satisfy  curiosity. I have zero interest in reading (or telling) stories with no guts, no power, no purpose, and no answers. 

As you read my stories I hope you are more than entertained. I hope you ask yourself what is the point? Do I agree or disagree and why? What does it have to do with my life and what can I take away from it? And that you walk away still thinking about it. I hope you find your own answers as a result. That’s a story worth reading. And telling.

Stories should make us weep. Stories should elicit loud guffaws from somewhere deep in our bellies. The really, truly good stories – why stories – do that and more. They leave us pondering what was, what is, and what can be.

These are why stories. They’re worth turning over and over like a stone until the fullness of the thing can be seen, until we understand from a deeper perspective.

Why do I tell why stories? Because I have questions. Many times answers reveal themselves as stories are written. And again, I like answers. I bet you do too.

Teri Murrison, 2021

2 comments

  1. “As you read my stories I hope you are more than entertained. I hope you think. Deeply.”

    But thinking (deeply or otherwise) makes my brain hurt.
    Just kidding.
    Glad I found your site….
    Wait a minute!
    You found mine first.
    (Me: always the maid; never the bride)
    To quote ‘Ah’nold’: “I’ll be back.”
    Cheers,
    –Lance-the-weary (World Traveler)
    Hey! We should swap some Kenya stories.
    I loved my time spent in Mombasa (’86) and out in the bush.
    And I worked (years later in Afghanistan) with a lot of good folks from Kenya.
    See my series, ‘Letter from a South Park Jail.’
    -L

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