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We are living through a time which will be studied in history books for decades to come – but how are we documenting our experiences?

Coronavirus culture: in a year which resembles a Hollywood blockbuster, 1 in 4 Brits believe their life story could be made into a book or film.

Rutger Bruining, Founder and CEO of biography-writing service StoryTerrace, explores the cultural impact of Coronavirus and discusses the importance of documenting our life stories in the year 2020.

The year 2020 has had an incalculable impact on our culture and society, and represents a period which will be form the basis for countless films, books, works of art and culture – not to mention rigorously documented in history books, taught in schools, and discussed by generations to come. 

The advent of the worldwide pandemic has given rise to a completely new set of social norms, behaviours and even vocabulary, the impact of which has already undoubtedly influenced our society, and will be present in popular culture for decades. Taking into account the many social issues which have been highlighted in the midst of one of the most divisive political climates in recent years, it could be argued that the human race has not seen such a culturally impactful period since WWII – a time which sparked the production of artwork, music, cinema, literature and cultural works which are still relevant in the present day. 

With news headlines and current affairs looking as though they have been lifted from a Hollywood movie, biography-writing service StoryTerrace is encouraging Britain to document their experiences throughout this incredible period of human history. StoryTerrace’s national research has found that 1 in 4 people in Britainalready believe that their life stories could be made into a book or film. Given that 2020 is a year which will live in infamy for generations to come, the national biographer is keen to highlight the importance of recording our experiences living through this unbelievable time.

Not only will this serve as a time capsule to remind us in our later years of what life was like in 2020, but will also provide future generations with a more personal way to learn about this period of human history, and  gain a greater appreciation for those who lived through the Coronavirus and the year 2020. 

Rutger Bruining, Founder and CEO of StoryTerrace, explores why this year will be discussed for decades to come, and explains the importance of recording our experiences during this tumultuous period of human history:

“The year 2020 has proved to be one of the most turbulent years in recent memory. Societies and cultures across the world have had to contend with a global threat and invisible enemy – not to mention the rising political instabilities, highly charged social issues and increase in natural disasters and erratic environmental conditions. 

Much in the same way as the Second World War affected almost every part of the world and is responsible for an incredible amount of art, cultural references and perspectives, this year is going to be discussed, studied and referenced for decades, if not centuries, to come. 

That’s why, at StoryTerrace, we are encouraging Britain to record and document their experiences throughout this year of rapid change, instability and notoriety, as first-person accounts of life during 2020 will represent an invaluable resource for future generations to not only understand what life was like, but to ensure that the experiences, hardships and triumphs of individuals, families and whole communities remains crystallised in the history books. 

Each and every one of us has a story to tell, and although many may doubt the value of documenting their life stories, the process is incredibly beneficial for everyone, regardless of your journey thus far. Especially given the twists and turns that this year has taken, and with all of our plans hanging in the balance, StoryTerrace are committed to helping people develop themselves and improve their wellbeing, both personally and professionally”.

Rutger Bruining, Founder and CEO of StoryTerrace

About StoryTerrace

StoryTerrace is a service that connects ordinary people with professional writers via an online portal, so that everyone can have their life stories documented in a beautifully designed, professional book. StoryTerrace has a network of over 600 ghostwriters across the world, and provides a range of packages to suit any story. 

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