YOUR VOICE IS IMPORTANT,
AND YOUR STORY MATTERS.
There was a time I'd go into bookstores and libraries all excited, picturing my books on the shelves. But after awhile, when I'd go into those same places, along with browsing online, what I felt was more akin to failure, to hopelessness. Was there even room for my stories anymore? How would anyone find and read my words?
But see, that's the thing - my stories and your stories and your mailman's and your neighbor's grandfather - all have an audience out there, somewhere. All of our stories have a home on someone's shelves, in someone's heart. Maybe our audience is made up of three people. Or three thousand. Or three million. It doesn't really matter, not in the grand scheme of things, not at the intersection where passion and imagination and purpose meet. What matters is that we continue to tell our stories and to trust, to believe, they will be heard.
And remember, stories take many forms - novels and memoirs, short stories and poems and blog posts, photographs and sculptures and art journals, fancy meals and elaborate gardens and flash mobs.
So, instead of being discouraged by the number of stories out there, let's celebrate that the world is full of amazing stories! And let's make sure we add our own to the mix. Our audience is out there - let's not disappoint them.