Book Reviews, Storytelling

Buried Bones: The Excavation of an Impact Story


A small glistening in the ground. Something white and worn catches your attention. A fossil. You squat down to brush off more dirt and realize you are going to need a few more tools to uncover this rare relic.

And so the process of storytelling begins.

In his fantastic book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, author Stephen King describes the process of writing a story as uncovering a fossil. He explains how they write themselves and simply need the writer to help uncover and grow them.

He writes,

“Stories are found things, like fossils in the ground…. [They] are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible.”

When a writer sits down to begin creating and teasing out a story, the narrative itself is already there waiting to be written. As the story is typed onto a page, the characters take on a life of their own and may surprise even the author whilst he writes them into the existing world.

Like bones lying in the ground, stories are everywhere.

There are the ones we discover in books or hear from friends, or see on silver screens. But there are also the ones which ebb silently and boldly below the surface of the verbal world–the stories we live out everyday by merely getting up in the morning and going about with the day in productive, formed trajectory or in beautiful, necessary meandering. Like the author, we too write these into existence even as they unfold themselves.

These stories are being lived out into creation every second everywhere.

When a donor makes a donation, they are endorsing this continual creation. They are promoting the beneficiary’s exploration of their goals and passions. The impact that the donor has on this exploration and pursuit is waiting to be shared, or, rather, uncovered. They are there, they simply need some help getting dug up and cleaned off.

Mythos is ready to help provide the tools to help you dig up, clean off, and share your stories.

The job of Mythos is to provide the necessary software and tools to collect, curate, organize, and present your constituent stories to whomever you want to engage with your cause.

Little by little, the dust is swept off the bones of your story. All you need are the right tools. Mythos can help.


About the Author

Lindsay Isler

Lindsay is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a Bachelor’s in English Literature. Connect with Lindsay on LinkedIn.

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