Good morning authors. Some weeks, it's very hard to sit here and pen a post where I talk about industry and the wonderful world of writing. I love writing. I even love publishing, insane morass that it is, but often times, of late, my joy has been sucked up by the general doom of current events. If you are in the U.S., like myself, you might be finding it hard to create stories right now. That is okay. You might be feeling a fire inside, raging, seeking release. Anger, sadness, dread, and a general sense of powerlessness.
So today, I want to remind you that your voice is your power. Writers, artists, creators, we are the spell casters. We can hold up the mirror to the world, the reflection of cruelty, showing everyone the ugliness of what is happening. We are the portal makers, the ones who weave sanctuary in words for those who need a break, if only for a few hours.
The stories we tell, whether they are sparks of joy in the dark, or the hammer that cracks the wall, hold power. It is not to be underestimated. Both kinds can change the world. We've seen it. We've seen stories shape the hearts of generations. We've seen stories bring awareness and drive change. And we can do it again.
The fire inside you may hone the words you put on the page, sharper than blades. Burn bright against the dark and do not underestimate your power.
“Story, as it turns out, was crucial to our evolution -- more so than opposable thumbs. Opposable thumbs let us hang on; story told us what to hang on to.” - Lisa Cron