Great stories about pain and suffering tell it in a unique way: they don’t just describe the pain, they transcend it.
Think about every single story that portrays the hero journey, from Star Wars to the Beauty and the Beast. These stories don’t get stuck in the difficulties but transform them, transcend them, to find a new meaning and purpose.
What make great stories so powerful is that they show us not just the pain and the difficulty but also how to overcome them in a meaningful way.
You know when you’ve heard a great story because you feel you can be part of this transformation – you can replicate it, you can teach it, or you can live it like the main character.
Great stories always talk about what we can do, not what we’ve already done.