Saturday, March 3, 2007

Traveling the Same Road

I write with specific readers in mind. There are certain scenes that cause me to imagine a woman identifying with that particular heroine because she herself has gone through that very thing. The story allows me to ask other readers questions like, “Is this what it felt like to you?” and “Do all women struggle like this?” or “Did you expect that when you grew up that things would be better in your family, between you and your dad, or you and your sister?” And when it wasn’t exactly as ideal as you thought, did you have to let go of that ideal? That is the kind of thing that is important to me as a writer, to remember who is sitting out there reading my story, what she has experienced, and what she might soon come to realize. It’s an inward road trip. The storyteller has the added benefit of taking others along on the road with her.