Did it make a noise? Without a thud or a reverberation, a comment or a like, does a story exist? Telling stories implies there is an audience, a readership, those who listen and share the experience. Without readers, stories are just monologues, cathartic to the writer, but are they stories?
Readers are vital to storytelling. What if no one reads my book? What follows is more gut wrenching. What if someone reads it and the story doesn’t resonate? Indifference might just be worse than someone hating the story. At least if they hate it, something in the story made them react.
If a story falls and there is no one upon whom it makes an impact, it crashes in piercing silence onto a needle carpet littered with a forest of dead stories and blogs.
I received a copy of Dark Shaman Awakening. It’s real, was my first thought. Lynx and Laurel Raven’s adventures and battle against the Dark Shaman have begun. My own adventure as a writer has come full circle, book 1 is done, but book 2 has just begun.
It got me thinking about reading a good adventure and that conflicted feeling I get as a reader. On the one hand I can’t wait for the story to move forward to find out what happens, yet at the same time there’s that nagging thought in the back of my head that once I reach the end, the adventure will be over. At times I find myself so vested in the story that when I look up from the written words I’m surprised that the vivid imagery playing in my head goes blank. I greedily pick up the trail again scanning the next words so that the imagery of the story can resume. It’s the same when I write, I’m living the story. I suppose in a way it is time travel. My mind is experiencing a different time and reality.
I hope the adventures of Lynx and Laurel Raven as they navigate in strange new worlds facing dangers and challenges makes you a time traveler. Nodyynia and the Guardians’ world are calling, stay a while.