Monday, January 4, 2010
The Blank Page
Happy New Year and congratulations to all who won books during our 12 days of Christmas giveaway. We hope it added to your holiday enjoyment. Soon we will announce the details of our second Audience With an Agent contest, and we anticipate many more wonderful entries. Polish up that manuscript and stay tuned!
What a privilege to write the first post of the new year at Novel Matters. Today I have a helper - Neville. We are pet-sitting for our daughter, and this guy's a real sweetheart. He generally gets bossed around by our two female cats who treat him shamefully. He's a literary cat (named after Neville Longbottom) and the first cat I've ever known to have the hiccups. Anyway, I digress...
We stand at the beginning of a new year. For some, it's a bright new year full of possibilities, but for others it's intimidating in its dark potential. You may see on the horizon the road dust of issues headed your way. Rest assured that God is in control and He can sculpt story from the events of your life. For good or...not so good, this is a year in your story. Whether you're a writer or a reader, this would be a good time to sharpen your pencil, bend your ear to the voice and write furiously. The blank page of the new year will fill, and we are entrusted with the telling of it, even if it is to simply remind ourselves that our Lord is faithful.
Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) says in her short story 'The Blank Page' (from her book Last Tales):
Where the story-teller is loyal, eternally and unswervingly loyal to the story, there, in the end, silence will speak. Where the story has been betrayed, silence is but emptiness. But we, the faithful, when we have spoken our last word, will hear the voice of silence.
What authors would you say are true to story and hear the voice of silence when the book is done?
May God bless you richly in the new year, and may we be loyal story-tellers!