You’re Worth More than You Know

 The Scene

My dad and his new wife, Joyce appeared in a large church stage production in Southern California called “Small and Simple.” It was a musical and dramatic production that told the story of how one family and those with whom they interacted, could be affected by small and simple acts of kindness. 

 Your Worth

It was a touching production that spanned just over 2 hours. My dad sung a song from Damn Yankees called “Heart” as the coach of a baseball team. He was quite entertaining and did a fantastic job along with Joyce. Both were quite in tune with the roles they were playing.  

At the end of various scenes, some of the characters repeated a line: You’re worth more than you know. At times, it was said at the exactly right time and was extremely touching. I’m amazed at how much live theatre can move an audience to tears. Even in our 21st century works of screens and extremes. 

 

The message was twofold and simple: you have more value to the world and those things that you can’t see than you could understand. The other message was that your simple acts of kindness are usually the things that help get others through their tough times. You never know how or when someone’s life would be affected by your generosity. 

Day 15: Story B is moving along nicely

Story B?  I didn't even know there was a Story A!

Trust me when I tell you that I get how this can be kind of confusing.  

The month of May 2018 should have started with me writing one story and working to hit the 500 words per day goal, every single day.  Instead, I am sitting here telling you about going back to Story B after finishing Story A.  Wait, "going back?"  Yes, if you check out my blog around May 5th and 6th, I make reference to the fact I had left my MacBook Pro at home, which had my Story A story on it.  Therefore, to continue the work I was doing, I started working on the story from the outline for Story B.  

This is going to sound nuts, but because I kept my outlines concise and somewhat simple, I was able to start a second story.  I kind of knew the characters involved along with the settings I wanted them in.  Remember, I am writing the stories I wish I could read when I'm just looking for a darn good, rollicking adventure on Amazon Kindle.  

Writing Fiction seems to be a Messy Endeavor

No one is asking my opinion, but I'll give it anyway:  Writing fiction, whether it is good fiction or not-so-good fiction, is a messy and disorganized venture.  I am just discovering this fact after completing and publishing a full novel.  It is now that I am realizing how weird and "twisty" storytelling can be.  

I wonder if that is why so many people find it daunting.

Hear me out on this.  We live in a world that almost seems to worship perfection.  Sure, we all send the message to each other that we should love ourselves and our imperfections (and the imperfections in others), but really we all desire to have things perfect.  

How many times have you purchased that expensive little hardbound cover book (black, blue or red) and said to yourself: This time and in this book, I will write the Great American (or Russian or Japanese or African) Novel?  

Only you find yourself staring back at a blank page.  

It's because you want perfection.  

And you can't have it.  

Let it go.

Let go of this desire to write the perfect story and just write the story in your own limited way.  

When I wrote The Son of San Diablo, I had the same aspirations as anyone else: To write world-changing fiction.  Guess what?  The world is still the same.  

So, now to preserve my sanity, I am trying something else.  I'm writing fun fiction.  Sure, there are deeper themes than just fun and adventure, but I am not going to get so wrapped up in all of that to paralyze myself.  Why the heck can't I just have a little fun and hopefully entertain you the reader?

This might run counter to some of what I've said in the past and it's not meant to.  Instead, my point is that though your story should mean something and it is wise to write "to an end," don't let all of that paralyze you. 

Instead, embrace your own imperfections as a human being and allow some of that to come forward in your storytelling.  

And if your heart faints? 

Do what I'm doing... use a pen name.

Starting Daily Word Count: 18 319

Finishing Daily Word Count: 19 036

Daily Word Count Total: 717