True lies

January 23, 2014

I have collected many quotes about story, which I hope will help my intended audience understand my ideas. Some of these you can find here on my blog. In fact I kicked the blog off with my favourite, from Muriel Rukeyser: “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” I have that on my visiting card. But the one that probably does the best job of saying what I really feel about communications is from Neil Gaiman:

“We who make stories know we tell lies for a living. But they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. Because somewhere out there, there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up in a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom, or kindness, or comfort.”

Neil writes fiction. I think his words are just as applicable to non-fiction. And successful communication in general.