Okay, it’s time for the A to Z Blog Challenge to begin.
A is for Author.
I’ve always thought of the words “author” and “writer” as synonyms, and according to Merriam Webster’s simple definition of the word author, that’s true.
Simple Definition of AUTHOR: a person who has written something; especially: a person who has written a book or many books.
Under the Full Definition, however, the first entry is 1. a: one that originates or creates
That broader definition made me think about all the ways there are to create, not only within the commonly recognized forms that fall under creative expression along with writing, such as painting and drawing, sculpting, cooking, gardening, all forms of design, and many more, but also in ways that might not normally be considered.
It occurred to me that under this more expanded definition, we are certainly the “authors” of our own lives. A life and its events are created in the same way as a story. Both begin with a thought, an idea, a premise. For example, my novel, Threads of the Heart began with the premise, No one travels this life alone. From there, five characters came forward with their stories that intricately wove together, connecting these women in love and friendship, bringing the premise to life and expanding it into a fully fleshed out world of interconnectedness. By the same token, we create our lives in a similar fashion, with a thought or an idea of what our purpose for this life is. And then we people it with our family members, long-standing friends, and our significant partnerships and marriages.
For example, say my premise for this life deals with the overcoming of challenges—something like, The only way to fail is to quit. Then to develop that premise or idea, I need something to overcome, so I create a physical challenge like impaired vision, thus producing a more difficult path to the things I want to achieve. From there, I need some people/characters to assist me, ones that will both support me on a journey of overcoming the challenge of limited vision in achieving my goals and dreams, as well as those who will outpicture my fears of failing. This way, I have choices to make, just like the main character of a story—in essence, I am the main character of the story of this life that I have authored. With all this in place, I then—like the characters in my books—get to traverse the rocky terrain, jump the hurdles, sometimes swim against the current, learn, grow, and ultimately come out on top.
The best thing about it is that once I know I am the author of my life, I know that whatever happens, I am not a victim to anything that happens. Since I authored this story, I can edit it, revise it, and completely rework the ending any time I want.
So, what about you? What have you authored as your life?