People judge by what they see and hear, before taking the time to delve into the reason behind the scenes. It's just human nature.
The other day I watched a movie on Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. Whether or not any of it or all of it was true, is beyond me. However, it did make me take another look at how I view the monster.
As authors we pour our heart and souls into our writing. This I know to be fact. So, as this movie unfolded and the ending told 'who' the monster in the story was, it made so much sense. He was a representation of her emotions, her life, the voice of the author as it poured from her soul.
Her rejections in life. Her anger in life. Her frustrations. Her longings. Her deep-seeded needs for love and acceptance in the world around her.
It helped her to release these feeling within her on the printed page. It helped her take another look inside herself. Helped her to accept herself in ways she never had before.
Strange how writing does that for authors. Sure, some write for what is trending now. But most authors have that one story, or stories, that lead them to a path a fulfillment within themselves.
Writing allows the author to overcome things they would not otherwise. It's called their voice. They find it within the words, sentences, paragraphs, and finally the finished product.
Writing is an escape of sorts, but it is also a path to our inner self. A place where we find our voice both inwardly and outwardly. Writers question everything. The whys of every emotion. The 'how could that happen' of every situation.
They become each character they write to find the answers.
Writers are deep thinkers. They look inside themselves to seek out their writing voice. Often times they are never satisfied with the end result for some time, the reason being, not that it is perfect, but that it is accurate. Not just the timelines and historical facts, but accurate in the emotions, the deep-seeded feelings that drive a human being.
I've watched good authors throw away amazing work, just because the emotion wasn't right. I've watched authors throw away good work, also, because it wasn't what was trending.
Ghost stories and monsters have been a topic of writing for many many years. In the beginning people wrote them for the scare factor. Romance authors gave them new life and turned them into the most amazing heroes or heroines.
I challenge you to look deeper at the monsters and villains of yesterdays. Are they truly the monsters they appear to be in the stories? Or, are they how the author perceived themselves?
Everyone have a lovely day!!!
Blessings to all!!!