As a writer I always have stories swimming around in my head. Ideas for characters, plots, worlds, creatures and so much more. Sometimes these ideas crystallize into stories, short and long, and sometimes they just stay in their initial ideaforms. I’ve got notebooks full of them. And pages of summaries waiting to be written out in full novels. This got me to thinking how it is possible that so many of us love to tell and come up with stories. Even though we are by no means all writers, we humans are all storytellers. Even if we just relate our day to friends or family we pour our experiences in a storymold, exaggerating a little bit to give some suspense or to make an event seem more amusing. The memories of our childhood become tales we tell to and with the ones we love at special occasions. We are always and everywhere surrounded by stories. So, when I found the following quote by Jonathan Gottschall I could only agree with him.
“We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.”