“Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself.” Octavia E. Butler
Every day, every story is a chance to improve upon me. It gives me a chance to become the “me” that I desire to be. I am thankful for the dawning of each day, as I ponder how I can make this day better than the day before.
I have that same perspective on every story that I write. I create characters who like me and those I know are flawed. They are filled with imperfections, weaknesses, and challenges. Yet, they are seeking to improve and overcome their obstacles. Every scene, every chapter, every page is a chance for them to learn and grow.
As I create the characters in my stories I find myself evolving, as well. Not just as a writer, but also as a person. I am able to reflect on the situations they face and how they handle the cards life (known as me LOL!!!) has dealt them. And then I allow that situation to minister to myself. How would I deal with that situation? What would my attitude be? How could I overcome, or allow my faith to grow in it?
Within some of these characters I am able to see bits of myself, as well as who I aspire to be. It helps mold and shape my thoughts, and define my own character. Writing allows me to deal with disappointments, frustrations, fears, hopes, dreams, and build my perspective on life.
However, the most important lesson I have derived from building my characters, is understanding my husband. My stories allow me to implement his views on life, and really dig into how that perspective works in the world we live in. The more I write, the more I think about his understanding, as well as my own. Each story opens me up to the views and thoughts of others. It causes me to be less judgmental, and more loving towards others.
My writing strengthens me, develops me, and inspires me. And at the end of it all, I hope it does the same for others.
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