As the title of this post may illustrate, a good story can stick with us long after we’ve finished. While I didn’t realize it at the time, Disney films simultaneously entertained and educated me over the years. Disney’s Hercules inspired me with the idea that true love can pack more power – more value – than being a god.
Continuing with this example, though, let’s re-examine. Is that the only message here – is it that simple and cliché? What about the fact that Hercules spent his whole life striving to achieve a status that, in the end, was meaningless? He’s been bullied and labeled an outcast, so he assumes that attaining this status should fix everything. That itself speaks volumes – how many societies send the message that power, wealth, and fame are the only paths to self-worth? As a viewer, we can choose to sit back, sing along (at varying levels of skill), and enjoy. Or, we can analyze the deeper meanings – whether imagined or intentional, obvious or subtle.
A good story moves you. Stays with you. Sometimes, a great story helps you, teaches you.
This is what inspires us to write.
This weekend, I am launching my blog series – “From Zero to Hero – Journey of a Novelist.” As a fresh fish with no prior experience at writing fiction, I have decided to share my trials and tribulations with you as I write my first novel. I am documenting the process of learning to write with the eventual intention of publishing*. I will discuss my successes and failures, and what I’m learning along the way.
This weekend, I will be posting several blogs to catch up with the last few weeks of initial discovery. Even in that short time, my idea of what it means to be a published writer has drastically changed.
I hope my experiences can help and inspire you in your journey.
* Note the distinction here – you can write for the sheer joy of it, or you can write with the intention of being published. This subject warrants an entire post of its own, because I have found drastically differing opinions on this. Nevertheless, it is important to note that getting published is a business, and needs to be approached as such. That may feel daunting, but I ask you this – what good is telling your story, if no one hears it? Don’t you want to inspire your readers as much as your favorite storytellers inspired you?