How are stories spoiled?

On the November 4 storytelling workshop, we talked quite a bit about spoiling your own story.

“Don’t worry, it all works out in the end.”

“So then, the MOST EMBARRASSING moment of my life happened.”

“This is a story about finding love and losing it and finding it again with someone else.”

The urge to spoil a story comes from the fear of not being good enough. “Don’t worry! I won’t be up here very long! Everyone lives happily ever after!”

And the audience picks up on that fear. If you’re worried that the story isn’t good enough, they start to worry too.

Stories thrive on tension. It’s okay to have a sad ending. It’s okay to tell the audience, “Get in the car, I’m taking you somewhere special. It’s a surprise.” It’s okay to trust yourself.