Story Sculpting (also termed Storyliving and Storymaking) is a practice that I use to create stories I want to tell and to make effective choices. It came out of some deep contemplation about applying storytelling to one’s life. I was convinced that becoming a great storyteller could positively impact my life but did not find much in the literature about integrating storytelling into daily lives. So I developed the Story Sculpting practice.
Sculpting is a practice to shape, mold, or fashion especially with artistry or precision. We often think of sculpting statues and other works of art. Durable sculptural processes originally used carving (the removal of material) and modeling (the addition of material, as clay), in stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other materials but shifts in sculptural process have led to an almost complete freedom of materials and process. We also think of sculpting cities with zoning, hair with gels, and more.
What if we were to sculpt our personal stories using our sensations, images, feelings and thoughts (SIFT)? What if we imagine our future self that integrates all of our stories as a statue and see ourselves as shaping the statue with our SIFT as tools (or clay)?
Then we’d be Story Sculpting! In Story Sculpting, our lives are guided by this simple question:
“What must I do to live the story I want to tell X months from now?”
Every time, we come to a choice or decision, we must ask ourselves what is the appropriate action and way of speaking about that action in the context of the ongoing story that I will want to tell about this moment. Storysculpting works on all kinds of situations as long as you know what your want. It clarifies and aligns your actions and intentions with the stories that you tell.
The benefits of Story Sculpting are:
- Clear criteria and guidance for making choices
- Developing a story lens for your life
- Your stories almost write themselves
- Better recall of stories
- Alignment of actions, intentions and the stories that you tell
- Get more of what you want
For more information on Story Sculpting workshops, catch me if you can.