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Everything Is Copy

By Jordan Fried
May 10, 2023
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"Everything is copy." - Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron, the writer and director behind hit films such as "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," had a famous saying, "Everything is copy."

As I watched a documentary about her life, that particular quote of hers caught my attention, leaving me pondering its true meaning long after the credits had rolled.

It turns out that I wasn't alone, as many others were equally captivated by the quote's enigmatic allure.

After some introspection, I've come to interpret this quote as a call to action - a call to embrace personal storytelling and share our own experiences with the world, no matter how raw or unvarnished they may be.

From the good to the bad, and even the downright ugly, every experience can be transformed into a captivating story that has the power to connect with others on a profound level.

The Power of Personal Storytelling

Humans have been practicing the art of storytelling since the time of cavemen, with our ancestors passing down spoken stories from generation to generation. 

Today, stories are written down and printed, allowing them to live on forever. 

Personal storytelling is a powerful skill, especially in writing, as it allows us to connect with others and understand the human experience.

It's Your Story to Tell

Many people feel hesitant to share personal stories, especially those that involve others. 

If it happened to you, it belongs to you. 

All of it. It's your life, and you don't need anyone's permission to talk about it. 

It's all fair game to write about, even if not everyone likes it. 

Personal storytelling is not about seeking approval; it's about telling the truth and sharing our experiences.

The Call to Write

As a writer, I aim to improve my skills and embrace personal storytelling even more. 

Writing is not always easy, but it's worth it. 

Every experience can be turned into a story, and every story can connect with others. 

After all, isn't that what writers do? 

We write to share our story.

"Everything is copy" reminds us to embrace personal storytelling and to write about our experiences, even if they're not always comfortable. 

As writers, we have the power to connect with others, to understand the human experience, and to share our own truths with the world. 

So, keep writing, keep telling your stories, and remember that everything is copy.