“No, I haven’t,” I said, “Go ahead, what’s stopping you?” Frankly, she took me by surprise. It was the first I’d ever heard of her having any ambitions to write. For many years decorative painting was her “thing.” I would have expected a return to that craft, after abandoning it when her life got too busy with raising children and a career in project accounting for a prominent architectural firm that designs healthcare facilities. http://www.wilmot.com/.
“It’s the best book,” she said. “We read and discussed it in our mother-daughter book club many years ago when the girls were little.”
“So, what’s stopping you from writing?” I asked again.
“I don’t know where to start.” My sister replied.
“No one ever does. Just begin, and see what happens, and where the story goes.”
“I never thought of that.” She said. “I thought I needed to have a beginning and an end, in the first place.”
“Nope, how can you determine it, if you haven’t met the characters yet?” I said.
“What is it that was so good about the story?” I asked, turning the conversation back to her comment about Walk Two Moons.
“It taught the best lessons!” She replied.
“Then keep that in mind, as you write.” I said.
“Well, I didn’t say I was going to write! You’re assuming that I will.”
“Why not? I asked again. “Just start and see how it turns out. You might find the experience of creating a story, in and of itself, fulfilling.” I said, thinking of the joy I have gotten over the past year or so in writing my soon-to-be published narrative.
“I might,” she said. “I just might.”
After our talk about writing, I came across this adage. Is it not true that values determine how all stories, our own and others, end up?
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