This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z challenge–blogging every day in the month of April (except Sundays!) with each letter of the alphabet.
As writers we are storytellers. Vast portions of our lives are spent making up stories in the hopes other people will be entertained by them. If you examine that truth too hard you might start to worry about the insanity of it all–we make up imaginary things and other people join in supporting those imaginary things. Those things speak deeply to the author and hopefully, to the reader. The right imaginary things can change minds, teach, and incite strong emotions. Such an amazing result, from just a thought!
Humans have told stories since the beginning of humanity, because we all like to escape reality from time to time. What an awe-inspiring thing we have minds that can do this! And what a humbling thing we as writers have been chosen to be the modern storytellers. We should take pride in the fact our minds are the ones that weave the stories for others who need them so badly. I am grateful and truly blessed this ability lies within me.
Where do stories come from? If you write, you will inevitably get this question–where did you get the idea for (story/book/poem)? For me this is never easy to answer, because ideas come from everywhere. Especially in the case of a book, it’s many ideas coming from many different sources. Sometimes you draw on your own life and experiences, on things you enjoy, on things you’ve seen or done. Some ideas come from nowhere, they just appear as an organic progression of the story. We ourselves don’t always know how the magic happens, but that’s okay–that’s what makes it magic!
Do you feel blessed to be a storyteller? Do you know where your ideas come from? Do you enjoy the magic too?