I am a writer. Perhaps you are too.
One of the most daunting things about being a writer is creating a story. We want, hope, desire, pray to create a tale that is new and different, but every visit we make to a bookstore or Amazon.com leaves us feeling hopeless.
It was during one of those moments when I found a quote by J. R. R. Tolkien that forever changed my perspective. For my Master's thesis I picked up a book titled Tree and Leaf. Not only was this piece vital to my thesis writing, it has become my creative lifeline. Maybe you will understand why.
In discussing the creation of a new fairy-story, Tolkien writes about "the countless foliage of the Tree of Tales, with which the Forest of Days is carpeted."
At first his tone seems hopeless,
"It seems vain to add to the litter. Who can design a new leaf? The patterns from bud to unfolding, and the colours from spring to autumn were all discovered by men long ago."
Then he shifts.
"But that is not true. The seed of the tree can be replanted in almost any soil, even in one as smoke-ridden (as Lang said) as that of England.... Each leaf, of oak and ash and thorn, is a unique embodiment of the pattern, and for some eye this very year may be THE embodiment, the first ever seen and recognized, though oaks have put forth leaves for countless generations of men."
My writing heart cried out for joy when I read that. Hope was restored. Somewhere, someone is waiting for what I am writing...for what YOU are writing.
This blog is my "leaf." There will be inspiration, frustration, and even a few stories. I plan on adding to the "Forest of Days" and I invite you to join me.
Thank you for visiting!