It certainly has been the Journey of a Lifetime!
I think that every writer's worst fear is that their audience won't "get" their message. For the past 4 years that I have been writing the manuscript for "Journey of a Lifetime", I have stewed at my computer fearful that my reader will not understand my work. I would obviously want them to love and connect to my story, its characters and themes, yet understanding is what I would have settled for.
As I write this, I can tell you that I am overjoyed with the positivity that you have received my novel with. I know that your feedback is honest, because I get completely different reviews of my book from each person. At first, I thought I had failed as a writer to connect with my reader because of the eclectic response I received. It was my expectation that everyone was going to connect to the main character, Tristan Kelly, but this was not the case. Instead I found the reader connected to different characters, some major, and some with tiny roles. They enjoyed different parts of the book and to be honest, some of the most enjoyed parts were passages that I was going to edit out because I thought they were meaningless and pointless.
I'm certainly glad I didn't.
What I also found was that I wrote something, and although each person read the EXACT same thing, they sometimes got completely opposite views on it. Much the same how The Bible is read in exactly the same text, and different meanings are interpreted, so was the same with my book.
This simply amazes me.
However, the common thread I am getting is that we are all the same. Everyone who has read and commented on Journey of a Lifetime, has told me that they have had the same feelings, connections and experiences in their lives with surprising accuracy as what my novels talks about. When the reader connects to the story, it propels them into their own life and in this case, allows them to see insights and new views about their legacy in life.
Creating and leaving a legacy is most likely one of the most, if not the most important thing we will ever do with our lives. Your life is your unique story and you are the author of that story. You have experiences unique only to you in the 7 billion people on the planet, and yes, it is worth telling it!
Journey of Lifetime is really about you telling that story, because the Journey of a Lifetime is really yours! This story is simply the vehicle which transports you to look at your life and want to be understood for everything in your life.
Because at the end of the day, we all need to be heard, understood, accepted and respected.
Anything else would not be Journey of a Lifetime...
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