the collector of stories

Or rather the collector of lists of all possible stories.  That’d be me. There’s lists of 25 or 28, and my favorite is the list of two.*  Today I found a list of four I’d never seen before.  The quote is from Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho,  but he attributes his list to Jorge Luis Borges.

Borges said there are only four stories to tell: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the struggle for power and the voyage. All of us writers rewrite these same stories ad infinitum.

* Stories where someone is trying to go home, and stories where a stranger comes to town.

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3 Responses to the collector of stories

  1. Kim says:

    “Contrary to what we’ve been taught, there may be just one universal story: someone loses something.” – Ken Foster

    Most of the stories I read and write involve loss, so this quote rings true for me.

  2. Pam Bliss says:

    Neat! I’ve never seen that one before either. Lots of food for thought in one sentence.
    Thanks, Kim!

  3. Rick Santman says:

    There are only two stories in Universe According To Pam.
    There are the ones Pam writes and the ones she doesn’t write.

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