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Chapter 5. Finding Story Ideas > Turning to Familiar Stories That Keep Working

Turning to Familiar Stories That Keep Working

People also turn to familiar resources for story inspiration. Religious books such as the Bible and the Koran are filled with stories that make a point or show the reader the right behavior. Many of them are told in the form of a parable, where a story teaches a moral lesson.

Most of us can recite myths we have heard that have been passed down through the ages, such as the character Icarus, who flew too close to the sun, melting his wax wings and crashing into the earth. Children and grownups alike delight in fairy tales, where witches chase and godmothers rescue. We also enjoy hearing anecdotes—short stories relating interesting and often amusing incidents.


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