Matriarchal Storytelling builds from reflection, not regret or revenge.
Storytelling can be a cathartic experience, and like, art, expresses your emotionality in a more enigmatic way.
Storyselling, by contrast, mimics the former in a lot of ways, but it is more an intellectual exercise.
One is heartful. The other heartless.
Storytelling done right is akin to a child's favourite bedtime story: no matter how many times you tell the same old story, the kid never tires of it.
Because they feel right at home inside of it, finding joy in the most mundane of places.
Storytelling, on the other hand, is like a crossword puzzle: the joy comes from doing it once, not repeating the same one once you solved it.
No one is going to say, "All right! I love when three across is 'misanthrope!'"
No, no, no.
The Patriarchal has often confused the two, and when the story is basically about the One, it is all about the One: as in, only One hero, only One right mindset, only One right belief, only One right solution to the problem.
Not One of many, or One of a few, just The One.
It encourages monomania.
And when you are too focussed on The One, your filters start to fail you. If there is only The One, where does a writer's inspiration come from?
And that poses a delicate, but interesting question to a very hidden, but troubling potential dilemma.
When you write the story, what is the motive for writing it, especially if you are writing what you know? Are the villains people you decreed stood in your way? In that case, is your motive revenge?
Or are the victims or even heroes you believe you harmed in the past? In that case, is your motive regret?
Many times, the answer is yes, but you still have a great story.
But what if you are wrong? What if we found the person you think is a villain, and they have different recollections that are supported by others who witnessed the event, and like an episode of Judge Judy, it is you who did something bad and the person stood up to you?
Or, perhaps you misinterpreted the situation, got your facts wrong, or jumped to a wrong conclusion because the true culprit flat-out lied to you and pinned the blame on someone else to isolated you?
What if you are spectacularly wrong?
Or what if you have been feeling guilty for no good reason because the person you think you wronged actually had it coming and manipulated you to feel guilt to undermine your confidence in order to get something from you?
What if your fiction calculated everything wrong? Have you ever considered that there is more to the story than arbitrary and binary role designations?
Are you telling a story -- or selling a misperception?
With the Patriarchal, there is no pondering it: you have to pick a One and run with it, rightly or wrongly.
With the Matriarchal, you are not bound to forever using the same label on the same inspirations.
It is a structure that encourages reflection -- not the loaded filters of regret or retribution. It is a big picture kind of thinking that allows us to see a single person from different points of view. Perhaps a person was behaving badly, but by exploring this individual from multiple angles, we begin to understand, but not necessarily excuse.
It is not about hunting, but gathering. It is about looking with multiple filters until you realize you have been using filters -- and that entity we call reality has very little semblance to how we choose to interpret it.
It is not about excusing or punishing yourself or others. It is about understanding that sometimes you are not the hero of every story -- and that you are a player in far more stories than you actually can see or know.
The Matriarchal opens up worlds within worlds, and with that, liberates the storyteller of the heavy burdens of pain to begin healing and discovering the range of emotions we are blessed with feeling in a world that spins regardless of how we choose to see it...