Does a Story Have to Be Profound?

Regarding telling a story at Untitled, someone recently asked, “Is there is an intent to the stories? Should they be profound?”

This is a great question. To start with, yes, there should be an intent to stories. Well-told stories have a meaning and a point – an intent. As for that point – does it need to be profound? It is possible to have great stories about really profound things, and it’s also possible to have great stories about things that seem smaller, but are really meaningful to a storyteller. When a story being told has a point that is meaningful to the storyteller, that meaning will come across to the audience – and when an audience feels something meaningful, that’s what will really be important. The meaning behind a story doesn’t need to be massive or world-changing; it can be subtle, and an audience can still love it.

On that note, here’s a story of the most profound variety. This is a great story, but remember, you don’t need to have a personal relationship with an international religious icon to tell a good story.

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