We rarely write about other people’s problems, or struggles, or battles. We write about our own. We express ourselves through our characters, through their lives and moods and emotions. Screaming, laughing, crying, longing, fighting–we do all of these with our characters. Not because they are people that we can share these feelings with, but because these characters ARE us. They are a part of our mind and soul. And the struggles, the questions, the desires our characters have…they are our own.
The sum of the characters and storyline, with all its messages, themes and metaphors, tells us a lot about the author who created these things. I think that, more than we realize, we are truly studying an author’s mind, his background, his soul (or hers).
How well do you know that author you claim to love? Have you ever tried to wonder what made them write the way they do? Have you ever sought to discover the secrets they tried to release to the world, or the part of their soul crying out to be heard?
I was at Candidates Day today. It’s basically when you get accepted to a college and they invite you to check out their programs and campus one last time before you decide to go there. Do you know what their theme was?
People are stories. Every person doesn’t just have and story: every person IS a story.
That’s why being an author is so beautiful…so human. Because we share this truth and give it to the world.
I am a story, and I am expressing my story, myself, through Elithius.
What’s your story? Where are you going? How will it end or change?
What do you think?