May 2, 2010

light in the darkness

"Because you, mouse, can tell Gregory a story. Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light."

the quote is from The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. my daughter and i happened to see it at the library and decided that, since we loved the movie so much, we'd read the book.

of course, the movie is nothing like the book, but it's still a wonderful tale of courage coming in unexpected places and bringing light into the darkness. we'll enjoy the book and the movie as two separate stories.

when i came across this quote, i knew i had to post it. this blog is about encouraging writers to be who they are, write the stories they have to tell... in short, i hope this blog is a place where my writing friends (new and old) find light.

i also hope that my readers can find light in my stories. they bring light to me because they keep me alive. they make me forget the darkness that can sometimes encroach on life. i hope they make others forget their darkness as well.

have you thought of your stories that way? or have you gotten so bogged down in the pursuit of publishing that you've forgotten what your stories really are - a way to bring light? (i'm not sitting in judgement. the pursuit of publishing is a noble quest. every story deserves to be read.)

the next time you send off a query or a synopsis or a partial, consider that your stories can bring light to the agents you query. maybe they bring light to the editor who works for the publishing company you sent it to. maybe they bring light to your crit partners and beta readers. maybe they just bring light to you, but that, my friend, is still enough.

just something to think about.


Donna Hole said...

That's a lovely thought Michelle. I hope I bring some light to an agent and he picks me as a client.

Lately I've been having so much fun with blog fests, contests and reading other people's posts I haven't been interested in publishing. Some day soon I need to give myself a kick in the keester.

But this was very encouraging. Thank you for the insight.


Tabitha Bird said...

Oh beautiful. I love that quote you began with too :) So true. and I want my story to be light. In fact it is the reason I write.