Sep 9, 2014

The Gift of a Story by Wendy Lou Jones



The Gift of a Story - by Wendy Lou Jones

For centuries people have told tales of adventure and victory, passing down from each generation to the next. Mothers and fathers have told their children bedtime stories; and why?
It is part of us, to wonder what could be or what has been. We have so little time on this earth, so much to experience; maybe we all yearn to live countless lives other than our own. And this is what a writer tries to capture in the soul of a book.
But what is a book? For fiction, it is months or even years of thoughts and dreams and hard work. It is pulling into a layby on the way into town to jot down a key scene or an important ‘what if’. It is pulling out a notebook, sat in the car, waiting for the kids to get out of school, with the sudden realisation that what your main character really needs is a friend to betray them, not a parent to fall ill, to make them understand the bigger task they are facing. It is weeks of writing and typing and making everything fit together; reading and rereading the same things over and over again until you work out exactly what needs to be changed and why, to make it just that little bit better, and then, after all of that, the story teller has to bare their sole to the gods and say, ‘Look, this is a world I have created; do you think you could you love it?’
Days, week, even months can go by until you hear, and then you have either to brace yourself for the inevitability of rejection, or, if you’re lucky enough to sneak through, to have an outsider, someone not from the world your story is set, pick through and criticise your beloved child (for that is how it feels by now); pointing out its errors and suggesting… change! Several gin and tonics later, the story teller has to apply themselves to gently coaxing the best from their characters, translating the wishes of the story god, Editor, to carefully tease them into a better state and only then is it released into the world of listeners, who, it is hoped, will hear.
My friends I tell you this, the gift of a story can fall flat on its face. If the listener cannot hear it, if they do not connect with the characters within the tale then it is meaningless words on a page, but if they do; if they hear the inner meaning hidden inside the tale; if they feel the torment the character is portraying, well then, very occasionally, it can be the most special gift of all.

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4 comments:

  1. Very thought provoking

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  2. This is so true Lavender and well written. I love books and the feelings you get when you connect to characters in a story. And I admire writers for there hard work and determination.

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  3. Great story review, you say she captures the soul of the book, Put it on my TBR List :)

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  4. i think it is about the inner self and getting through life perhaps

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