When is a story more than just a story? Depending on who you ask, that answer can vary significantly. For me, as a writer, a story is more than just a story when it has the capability to reach far beyond the pages of a book or the swiping of a tablet screen. In my opinion, a story is more than just a story when it is able to penetrate the emotional depths of a reader’s soul while at the same time leaving a lasting impression on their minds. If you are an avid reader, you might agree that a story is more than just a story when it has left its invisible footprints on your mind long after you have read it. We have all been there right? You get hooked on a particular book and soon you find yourself struggling to put that book down! As soon as you finish reading it, what is the first thing you want to do? Tell other people about it! Is that not what reading a good book is all about? For me personally, it is not enough for a story to have some sort of underlying meaning or significance; it needs to have much more than that. When someone is reading one of my stories, I don’t want them to be merely entertained with the pages of my stories. No, I want them to be invested not only emotionally, but also mentally and physically. I feel that it is important for a reader to be able to put themselves in the place of a character or characters and vividly imagine what he or she is going through, otherwise they won’t be able to appreciate the full spectrum of the story at hand.
So again I ask, “When is a story more than just a story?” For me, a story is more than just a story when it is able to reach out and grab a hold to you long after you have read it. Simply put, it is a story that stays with you for a lifetime. What is your take on it?