We read to know we are not alone. C.S. Lewis
Reading is about connection. Therefore writing is about creating that connection. Whatever world we enter, whatever the setting or the character, the connection comes on the inside when I find my own feelings and story on the pages of a book.
Can I write from the perspective of a man? A person of different ethnicity? A cat?
The details of our lives will be different but the emotions that we experience are universal. I learned once that there are only two emotions: Love and Fear. All others flow from these two. We are all more alike than we think. Reading allows us to enter the world of another and often to find ourselves there in the story.
God uses story to allow us to connect with Him. I’ve seen my story in the story of Peter who walked on water only to get distracted and fall. I’ve been in a far away land and decided to come back to the Father like the son in the parable. I’ve been too busy like Martha. I can relate to many people in the pages of the Bible and when I read carefully I can find my own story there.
The best books allow us to connect and grow in our understanding of ourselves.
Have you ever found your own feelings and story on the pages of a book?
Laurie and Betsy
“Who hasn’t had encounters with dogs, or who hasn’t experienced the strangeness of the human world. When we hear stories of others it reminds us of our own story.”
The Cat Diaries: Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, Laurie Myers
Photo credit: Laurie featuring Samson