Making it Ourselves « Story by the Throat!

Wherin Joel Shempert’s OP and Jason Godesky’s first comment both grab me by the throat and remind me of the one truly authentic throughline in my life: I believe I’m called to explore and share stories and make myths in community with others. I’ve done it through acting, preaching, writing, podcasting, and roleplaying, but I’ve always done it – and in whatever form, to whatever level of competence, it is the one thing I know I’m wired to do. This post from Story by the Throat is a waypoint for me because it very nicely touches on – and stirs up – my feelings.

Making it Ourselves « Story by the Throat!

As a footnote, here’s an interesting issue that I’m still pondering – I agree with Joel that true art almost never authentically happens by committee – but committee is not the same thing as community, right? That’s my feeling, but it might take some time for me to work through how to articulate the difference. I think it has a lot to do with the difference between what many people think “Story Now” means in roleplaying – i.e. making decisions based upon what works best for ‘the story’ – and what I believe it actually means – organically exploring the premise in the moment, making choices, and letting the results spring forth as they will to guide the shared fiction at the table.

I think that the points Jason raises in his comment speak to that fairly well – but I love that he stresses that his intent is to add to Joel’s original idea, not to counter it.

No doubt I’ll have to revisit all this soon.

Note: edited for clarity a few hours after originally published

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