The Bee as a Metaphor for Storytelling

The Bee as a Metaphor for Storytelling

Stories are the flowers that attract readers and customers and keep them glued. Unfortunately, the reverse is true and a bad story can repel readers and customers alike. I find the bee-flower metaphor a living and dynamic one in helping writing an attractive story.

You need a conflict to write a story- a conflict with yourself, the family or the society. I wrote a 20-slide presentation on how to build a conflict. This presentation won the status of Presentation of the Day and so far has attracted more the forty thousand views. You may wish to read it.

http://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/visual-storytelling-32366375

The bee-flower metaphor is strikingly helpful. The 3-Act story structure is just right for this metaphor. The lock finds its key by using it.

Β In Act 1 we have the setup for the story. Bees leading their normal life till an issue appear. The place (hive) is crowded, communication with the queen is interrupted, crowdedness stress makes the bees unable to perform their dance well or the weather becomes too chilly for the bees to stay.

The 2-Act starts with the bees deciding to find a better place. A place that gives them plenty of flowers to suck, warm weather, water to drink and a place that keeps the bees away from creeping ants. The bees realize that they need to fly together as a swarm because they make their buzz more heard this way. They have a common purpose and fly together. The queen gets tired and they have to find a temporary place to rest. They find a tree and their numbers in thousands make a huge mass on the tree. They need to send scouts to find a permanent place. Many things can happen, which allow for increasing the challenges for the bees. The humans may try to kick away the bees from their temporary hive. Or, the scouts find different suitable locations for a new hive, but have a conflict on which one to select. Or, the scout bees get cheated. They forage for nectar in flowers that were caffeinated so that the scouting bees get stimulated. Their prime concern is diverted from finding good nectar to finding stimulation. Struggle starts between the stimulated scouts on where to live. Their normal decision-making process is deformed and the struggle continues. Instead of solving this conflict, the antagonist enriches the flower with a caffeine-enriched liquid so that instead of the bees buzzing him, the antagonist is buzzing them with nicotine. The conflict heightens.

The Bee as a Metaphor for Storytelling

Act-3 solves the conflict. A pharmaceutical company finds a product that removes the effect of nicotine from flowers. Or, the bees change the scouts.

Businesses look for locations to expand and start new ventures or branches. Isn't that relevant to what the bees do. The story of bees is also our story. Donna-Luisa Eversley commented on my last buzz "The Sting of Habits" by writing:

My new-found habit is facilitated by various social media publishing platforms. The hosting platform that encourages engagement and welcomes the sharing of my words to an international market meets my needs. Habits can generate loyal followers, and the hosting platform should develop its own habits or culture to encourage this. Though I was stung by the bookstores I moved on, not unhappy with their service, but their relevance in my life changed. Maybe I need to be continuously stung, as a reminder that change can create disloyal followers, but keeping abreast of customer needs, requires paying attention – hence stinging yourself and the customer. Thanks Ali Anani for your thought provoking post! Isn't this transformation a story by itself? Yes and the comment of Donna-Luisa is a mini-story on its own.

beBee- you are the new location for many writers and readers. I know you shall keep your flowers nicotine-free.

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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
Miched obliged to your kind words and I am glad to connect with you James McElearney

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
What a great way to know people who share their appreciation so kindly. Thank you dear James McElearney and I followed you proudly.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
When a bird is flying other birds make sounds to encourage the bird to continue flying. This what your comments do for me. I greatly appreciate your encouraging comments and I promise to bow to your request dear Anees Zaidi

Qamar Ali Khan

Qamar Ali Khan

5 years ago #17

#22
This is your sheer kindness sir! You're a great man!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

When I talk about attractant I find no better example than your fragrant nectar dear Qamar Ali Khan. I genuinely thank you

Qamar Ali Khan

Qamar Ali Khan

5 years ago #15

Great thinking and great relating sir Ali Anani! Your wisdom is stunning!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
Smiling alone is not smiling. I enjoy sharing it Donna-Luisa Eversley

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
The buzz of your comment cheered me up. Thank you dear @Navinya Lee

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Donna-Luisa Eversley- your comment moved me and I found my emotions flowing. Your grandmother deserves a lot for raising you the way she did. I am glad the buzz brought her story to reveal the role of storytelling as clearly shined out from this segment of your wonderful comment "our sharing becomes a rich vessel of discovery for the listener or reader". I would propose changing the word vessel (even though I am a chemist" with hive. Let me enjoy the drops of honey your comment provided me with.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
I want to thank you dear Daniela Umpierrez for your sharing, support and appreciation. You are truly a gem person

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

5 years ago #10

#9
Thanks so much @Ali Anani for your encouraging observation. I am too inspired by your writings :)

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

5 years ago #9

#9
Thanks so much @ Ali Anani for your encouraging observation. I am too inspired by your writings :)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
I am observing your high engagement and sharing . You set a very good example by walking the talk.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

5 years ago #7

To be a bee at beBee is a worthwhile presence! So, let’s move ahead and embrace social engagement and make a real, dramatic difference!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
You sweetened my day Lisa Gallagher. Thank you

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #5

How eloquently stated, Ali Anani. I love your metaphors for beBee.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
The story of Sara Jacobovici and I is still to be told. I know the ending is happy

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

The story of Sara Jacobovici an I is still to be told. I know the ending is happy

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #2

You write the stories, you share the stories of others, Ali Anani. That is why I know ahead of time that there will be a happy ending.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Thank you Juan Imaz and soon I shall reveal my feelings and experiences on beBee.

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