Wednesday, March 11, 2015

From a page of life . . .

by Nicole Petrino-Salter

Borrowing from our stockpiles of life experiences, we often create stories to mirror our emotions, our reactions, our hopes, our sorrows, and whatever else we’ve collected in our young or lengthy lives. We etch those words on a would-be page which best describe what we want to tell, share, or admit.

Story provides us with an escape for expressions of all kinds of feelings. Within the framework of writing a novel, we can figure out how to reveal the humanity which forces its way into our souls even when we wish we could exhibit the sublime. However, the very nature of story allows for the telling of sweetness and light or the communication of struggle and hardship.

The bright and hopeful or the dark and sinister can all reside within the pages of life and the pages of stories. As authors we write what suits our souls. As Christians who create novels, we decide what best serves the talents given us by our Lord. There is purpose and meaning in all kinds of stories. As authors determine who their readers will be, so must readers understand that not all stories will suit their tastes or emotional makeup.

The writing life serves as a confessional or a celebration of the experiences tallied on any given days. When we make the characters so real to a reader as to gain an attachment or a revulsion to them, we’ve succeeded in transmitting a page of life. When we, as the writer, suppress tears creating a scene, at least we know our heart is pouring onto that page. Or perhaps we’re laughing at the ridiculous humor and know if somehow it’s tickled our funny bones, surely someone else will also laugh.

The power of life put to the page . . . it’s a privilege and a pleasure to write.

Nicole Petrino-Salter writes love stories with a passion. You can find her most days here.