Printed words are powerful tools in communication. Writers know this. Writers portray thoughts and position words in ways that cause readers to think, imagine, “enter” stories, and become involved.
Stories and illustrations are utilized to make and prove a point. Relating them can pave pathways for greater learning to occur because they help a reader identify with an author’s message. We at CTP encourage authors to include stories in their writings to help bring essential points home.
We also require that appropriate written permissions are obtained for inclusion of any stories that involve, quote, or reference anyone, or any event, unless an original source is in Public Domain.
Sometimes the task of obtaining written permission for use from the originator of a story, or from the originator of a quote or reference, may seem just like “more work to do.” Well, though it may be work, it is the right and honorable thing to be done, and is often required by copyright law. Obtaining permission demonstrates integrity and appropriate due diligence on the part of an author.
Grow in your appreciation of the wonder of words. Use stories, with permission, that will help illustrate great truths whenever you can. Your written contributions will likely become more valuable to your readers.