The Connection Between Storytelling & Programming

I started coding websites during freshman year of college. Quickly, I found that programming and coding are a language and writing style in and of itself. I had to become accustomed to this new form of language, using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and JQuery.

There is much to memorize when coding in order to implement the basics and become proficient, eventually understanding the advanced elements. I had to know how the languages worked singularly and combined.

In truth, I have not coded in two years. I purchased my coding textbooks from my college courses in hopes to crack them open again and return to programming. For me, programming is another avenue of writing and a unique interaction with language.

Coding can be cumbersome at times, staring at repeating lines of symbols and letters can feel a bit dry. But displaying the interaction of code on a soon-to-be-website, you can watch as the magic and art appear before your eyes.

Coding has taught me a few things along the way that relate to my writing life and connect to the processes of storytelling.

Imagination

The three programming courses I took helped me develop a stronger sense of vision to replicate my ideas on-screen. I had to think of my design and layout, communicate it through sketches before redeveloping the matching concept through code. Coding blind without an established idea or outline to build from isn’t always the most useful tactic. Strengthening the imagination can open multiple doors in the storytelling landscape. Many times, the most successful and widely discussed novels introduce new ideas, incorporate interesting plot lines, and do something another novel has not. Having a strong vision can positively impact your brainstorming sessions.

working out the kinks

Building websites pushed me to think critically of the language. I had to pinpoint errors that prevented an action from performing on-screen. The application of problem solving came into play and improved my attention to detail to quickly locate issues. In writing, the story doesn’t always come out smoothly the first time around. Whether in the moment of writing or during the editing process, our stories can take rough form. Run-on sentences will pop-up, commas will be misplaced, details may not match up, and incorrect character names may slip in. There will always be parts of a story to fix and improve, change until perfection.

Societal importance

We are not entering the digital world, but rather eye socket deep in the generation. There appears to be nothing stopping the need for websites to be created, a digital hot commodity. From entrepreneurs, small business owners, and large industries, websites will always need to be created. In addition to websites, new games are introduced on the App Store every day. Programming has been integrated into early education in modern schools, introducing young learners to code and getting them interested in technology early on. Programming has an important part in early education, much like writing.

Writing, while an art, is something deemed unimportant or insignificant. Writing opens up a new world of exploring, creativity, and freedom. Writing allows students to open up and discover a unique side of themselves. Creative writing is a great way to cope and heal when the tragedies of life become too intense. Writing acts as a release that students can rely on, and if taught correctly, schools can influence students to write more and inspire them to think fondly of the art.


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