This is the year I finish at least one fiction manuscript, and thereby live out the fraction of those thousands of lives. Some of the lives available to me include Henry, a faerie who became human to protect the woman he loves; Willow Suantraí, a young girl who embarks on an epic journey to change her destiny and defeat the angels of darkness that threaten the fates of many; Daniel, a photographer whose dreams reveal seven people he needs to find and save from a shapeshifting evil doer; Amber Stone, a mother who doubles as a superhero in an alternate reality and works to defeat evil; and a monster who revisits Lucy, the girl whose bed he lived under during her childhood, to deliver an important message.
There are others. But this is about finishing only one.
For me, this is about breathing life into one story’s characters that have not been given the opportunity to fulfill their full potential to live out their story. And, yes, this applies as much to me, their writer, as it does to them. Because by starting and stopping their stories, by abandoning my gift for lengths of time, I miss the opportunity to fulfill my full potential and live out my story.
By writing their story, I continue to live out my own, as a writer and as the person I was created to be.
What story will you pursue this year?