Friday, January 27, 2012

Storyteller's Journey

         Stories from the Heart

As writers we are constantly challenged to infuse our stories with emotion, tension, and depth in our characters - but where does one find such things? In my life I have experienced a plethora of poignant events - both painful and pleasant - if you're human, you have too!
In the midst of changing trends and fads in fiction, I would challenge all of us to draw from the well of our own heart that story that only we can tell. There are hungry and hurting readers out there wanting to know that someone has walked the road they're having to walk. When we include components in our novels that originate from a real place, they will inspire, encourage, and entertain as well. (They're also more believable.)
Presently I'm polishing a MG manuscript with a protagonist who is misunderstood, and in some cases, not believed by her family and friends. I have drawn upon my own similar experiences to find some depth of character - we'll see if I've succeeded!
The challenge to write a fresh, new story, that is inspired by one's own experience, takes a lot of courage. Maybe that's one difference between being just a writer, or being one who goes against the tide and becomes... a real storyteller.

As you can tell, I'm feeling a bit introspective - any thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. Beautifully put, Victoria, you write so well. Yes, our stories need heart and I believe as you do, that this comes from within. Love the photograph, you look so comfortable there.

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