Margaret looks at the gifts we receive and give
Is being able to write a successful novel a gift? Or is it luck? Or is it in fact plain and simple hard work? I’m in two minds. The gift of being able to string a few sentences together is within the capabilities of all of us. But to expand those words into a full length novel is far more than a gift. In essence it means taking that gift of being able to write those few words and adding to them until they become a whole book-length story.
If only it were that simple!
Writing is as draining as doing a manual job. Believe me, at the end of a day’s writing I flop down in the nearest armchair thoroughly worn out. The gift! Is it worth it?
A gift is also a present, so isn’t that what writers do – give their readers the gift of their imagination? Although it takes many months of hard work it is ultimately our gift to the people who read our books. I read, we all read, and I appreciate all the hard work that has gone into the books I read.
My six year old grandson wrote a story the other day. Only one page but it was a story he had thought up and written down so that we, his family, could read it. He was so proud.
So next time you read a book, think of it as a gift from the author.