Cross-post from Antonio Dias Fiction, Inspiration and Accumulation


JDG: I wonder if you could say more about how you see this process of how smaller stories grow into a larger, coherent narrative?

SB: I’m not sure it can be very simply defined. But to me it’s predominantly about inspiration, and a process of accumulation.

This exchange comes from Jeppe Dyrendom Graugaard’s interview with Sharon Blackie, part of his ongoing series, research for his doctoral thesis.

It strikes me as a clear articulation of a hunch I’ve been working on for a long time. We share a belief that stories form and maintain how we see the world and in this way determine how we interact with each other and, well, everything. Our predicament is the result of predominant stories that have fossilized and metastasized to flood our attention and block our awareness of how we might behave differently. They even give us ample rationalizations for why it is better to go down in flames than abandon our dangerous illusions.

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