Last week, I wrote my first post on why I love being a writer and I talked about the fact that writing, even more so than reading, offers me an escape from my everyday world. This week I'd like to talk about the art of creating and what a wonderful means for self-expression it is.
Imagine this. Five writers sit at a table. I give each of them the same list of characters and the same plot and I ask them to write a story using that information. I'm sure you know what will happen. Each writer will write a totally different story in a totally different way. They'll each use their own imagination and their own voice to do that and the end result will be five stories that bare little resemblance to each other.
Why? Because, like our fingerprints and our DNA, each of us is unique, one of a kind, and our writing styles will reflect that. Each writer pulls from his or her own experience and knowledge to create a story that no one else could possibly write. And, it isn't just about the experience and knowledge we each have. It's also about our individual perceptions of and reactions to those things, all of which makes the art of creating a beautiful and exciting adventure.
The books we write are pieces of us. There's nothing more satisfying to me than creating a story (and the characters who will live it) that is unlike what anyone else on the planet has written or could write. I wish I could say that everyone who reads my books will love them but, of course, that's not true because our reading tastes differ too. Some people will enjoy and appreciate my books and others won't. But I write them in my own distinctive way, the only way I can.
I've heard that, when you find the thing you're most suited to do in life, you'll feel as if you've come home. When I write, I'm home.