George Saunders: On Story
I'm on week three of a bad cold and week 37 of pregnancy, so things have been quiet around here lately. During the downtime I've been steeping myself in inspiration. Here's one of my favorite discoveries, a seven-minute video on storytelling featuring George Saunders. In it he says:
Storytelling ... is a stand-in for day-to-day life. So when you come to a story with an attitude ... that is kind of hopeful, generous, but not too pushy ... when you try to leave your ideas about story at the door, those things are so much like what you do with the person in your life that you love. You come back to them again and again and you try to intuit their real expansiveness and you try to keep them close to you and give them the benefit of the doubt. So in that sense, you could see revision as a form of active love. It's actually love in progress.
How can you not love that?