The Tao of Storytelling
Tao: noun. (in Chinese philosophy) the absolute principle underlying the universe, signifying the way, or code of behaviour, that is in harmony with the natural order.
Origin: Chinese, literally ‘(right) way’
Bruce Lee introduced me to Tao.
When he created his own marital art, Jeet Kune Do, his focus wasn’t on the form, the style, the “fight” – it was on the art.
His book about it was called The Tao of Jeet Kune Do, despite the “way” of the art being fluidity and freedom.
Storytelling is the same: if we want to tell rich, vibrant, compelling stories, we have to stop looking for the form, the “right way” of doing things, and find the art.
Only in the freedom that comes from creating without limitations can we ever hope to make great art.