3 Incredibly Powerful Ways Myths Inform Storytelling


Reasons to believe

Literary scholar M.H. Abrams writes, ‘A mythology, we can say, is a religion is which we no longer believe.’ This is a powerful statement, but I would add: people want to believe — and that’s what makes myth such a powerful tool for the writer. As Frey writes: ‘The myth-making faculty is inherent in the thinking process and its products satisfy a basic human need.’ People have been creating myths to make sense of life since the beginning of time. As writers, we continue that tradition.

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 by Anthony Ehlers

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  1. Adrian Tannock

    Great primer. I was unaware of the book ‘The Key’ (Frey) and have added it to my reading list. Thank you!

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