It’s been said, that there are some truths to be had when talking about myths and legends. Myths and legends are, in my opinion, some of the first real examples there are of creative writing. I recently stumbled upon an article about feral children, meaning raised in the wild with animals. My curiosity peaked, i did a little more research. One of the most famous of myths is of Romulus and Remus, twin brothers from Roman mythology. The myth goes something like this. Twin boys born of noble blood, who could one day threaten the current king, were ordered to be killed. Therefore they were abandoned on the banks of the Tiber River to die. They were saved by the river-god, and suckled by a wolf. Eventually the two boys grew up to found the city of Rome. Sounds pretty far-fetched right? I agree. However this myth, and many others like it have fascinated different people and different cultures around the world. Perhaps a more well-known story is The Jungle Book. My question is, why?
Was the myth created because there was no other explanation of how two seemingly random guys founded one of the greatest cities of the world? Or was it simply a creative writer, or story-teller who wove tales to a captivated audience? My hope is for the latter. After all, why not take a boring story, put a spin on it and make it more interesting. Isn’t that what we as creative writers do? We pull something out of the ordinary and make it extraordinary.
Next time someone asks you to recant a tale, tell it, but tell it in a way they will not soon forget. A ride on the bus, ordinary. Being swallowed by an angry machine that displaces humans for being to near its nesting ground, that’s extraordinary. Try it out. You may get a lot of entertainment. You may end up with some cool short stories. Either way, it will keep your brain thinking creatively.
Remember, a writer never stops writing.