The tales a million of us could tell

Almost a million Britons have written their own books during lockdown, according to the biography writing service StoryTerrace.

Turning to writing from our own experiences has become, says StoryTerrace’s founder Rutger Bruiningspeaking as part of National Story Telling Week, a favourite way of dealing with social apartness.

“Humans have been telling their stories for as long as they have been able to communicate with each other, with lockdown especially highlighting how much joy we find in exchanging stories” he says. “The basis of storytelling has been primarily virtual for the past year, but it hasn't diminished the power behind its craft. And although we all have our favourite films and world renowned novels, the greatest stories are those which are personal to us.”

Book sales hit record numbers in 2020 with over 200m sold, but there is a growing understanding that our personal stories are the greatest of them all.

Although few of us realise how much we rely on storytelling in our lives, the StoryTerrace research findings throw new light on how important it is, having published more than 2,000 books since it was founded in 2013.

“When I thought of the idea for StoryTerrace I was inspired by my grandad's fascinating stories of his time at war - I wanted to find a way to make them more permanent so that they could be enjoyed for future generations in my family” Bruining says. “During lockdown, we at StoryTerrace had the pleasure of hearing such a vast variety of inspiring stories and experiences of people across the nation.

“Writing your personal biography can be one of the most satisfying projects you ever embark on. Research has even shown that it can provide strong mental health benefits, which has become especially important during lockdown. The process of writing your memoirs can help you gain perspective on past events, relive wonderful memories and even rekindle relationships with people you’ve drifted away from over the years."

Storytelling Week is an annual event organised by the Society for Storytelling which was founded in 1993 to support and promote storytelling in England and Wales, providing, a central place to find out about storytelling events, to ask for advice on using storytelling. Community of Storytelling in Britain.

"During National Storytelling Week" Breitger says "I think it is important to consider the vital role which storytelling plays in our lives.”


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