I was sitting here staring at a blank cursor knowing what I wanted to write but not knowing exactly how to say it.
Then I remembered studying writer James Baldwin during my first master’s degree, and thought of his quote:
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who are alive, who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin
I’ve been “officially” publishing fiction now since 2012. Fiction is the best outlet to tell stories that are in my heart, affect my emotions, and guide me toward decision-making in life. It’s a place where I can share lessons learned—the good and the bad—all through the guise of fiction.
As Baldwin says, stories connect us. We are storytellers every day. Think about and recount how many stories you told just yesterday. Then, the day before. And the day before that. Think how many stories you’ve told this past month, year, decade, and even in your lifetime.
As writers, we take truths and meld them into stories with the intent to entertain readers and to share the stories of our lives through fiction.
Looking back at the collection of books I’ve written so far, I’m pleased with what I’ve produced thus far, and I look forward to seeing what other stories become the ones I want to tell.
Sometimes all it takes is hearing someone else’s story.
That story that connects us.