28 Feb Love Your Story
In the film business, I spent a lot of that time pitching and taking meetings about stories that did not resonate. Even as a literature student in university, I read dozens of books that bored me. I was raised with the notion that if you start something, you finish it. Slogging through to the last page no matter how many times I fell asleep. No more. And this is why:
When you find a story that clicks, you can’t stop thinking about it.
Like any powerful romance, all I want to do is spend time with that book. I cannot wait to get back to the keyboard. I can hear the characters calling to me. I want to know what they are going to do and who is going to show up. Like they are leading me into the labyrinth, filled with heroines and minotaurs, and I have no idea how it will all turn out. What I do know is that I love every minute. And time simply disappears.
Just like curling up with a book that whisks you away to another world, writing feels the same way.
Some authors can write what others put in front of them. No matter how they feel about the characters or the story. I believe the reader can tell when a story is cranked out. If the author didn’t have fun or feel passionate about the story coming through her, the lack of resonance shows on the page. I don’t waste my time with those missives.
For one thing, life is short. The same way I wouldn’t waste my time with friends, lovers, or restaurants I don’t enjoy. I never waste a moment on books that bore me. Whether I am reading or writing. Of the thousands of piles of books in the world, wouldn’t you rather be with one that grabs hold of your heart and won’t let go? Wouldn’t you prefer to feel that way about your creative outlet – whether its writing, dancing, landscaping, or building forest trails?
Love your book with your whole heart. Even on the days you fear your heart will break. Life is meant to be filled with passion. Why settle for less?