My escape into reading has recently been expanded to include an author who has a long professional history of success. The afternoon faded into evening when I sat down with my first book written by him. I literally sat in one spot for hours, reading page after page without interruption. When I finally laid the book aside out of necessity, I was on page 129. I am now reading my third book written by that author. Even now, he still holds my attention just as strongly with his story lines and his writing style.
I can never guess the next step in these books. The outcome is always a surprise too. The characters are strong, whether they are the key players or accessories so to speak. They all add something pivotal to the story. Some add comic relief and some add tragedy. The main characters show bravery and courage as well as fear and weaknesses. There are details to each story that can only be outlined from knowledge and thorough research. Love and passion, anger and pride, desperation and longing, hatred and prejudice, ambivalence and animosity all dance across the horizon of the story line. The characters come alive for me and take me into their world as long as I am invested in the story line written on the pages bound within the covers of these books.
The writer of these books, the author, is very good. He is a master at writing stories and creating characters. His stories are not fairy tales, nor are his characters princes and princesses. There is a raw beauty in his work. There is no veneer that all will be well. Can you imagine how different his works would be if he had suffered with writer’s block or had someone else to step in and finish his projects?
I thought about my story and the story of each of our lives actually. Each story line is unique–full of love and passion, anger and pride, desperation and longing, hatred and prejudice, ambivalence and animosity dancing across our horizons. Sometimes we live with bravery and courage as well as fear and weaknesses. There are times of comic relief as well as tragedy. We can never guess the next step in these books of our lives. The outcome is always a surprise too, for our knowledge is limited and we are not the Master of the universe Who is bringing all the characters of the world to life in a universal storyline. In fact, He wrote the greatest story ever told.
We are not the master of the universe yet we try to write our own story. We have no clue how the story will end nor the twists and turns the story line will take, but we want desperately to control the quill the scribes the story of our life. We have limited, if any, knowledge of other characters in our story, nor can we decide who enters and who leaves the plot, but yet we fight to write the story. We can be, and often are, the writer’s block, in the series known as the greatest story ever told written by the Master story teller.
Can you imagine how different life would be if we weren’t striken with writer’s block, trying to step in and finish Another’s project?