When Emotionally Invested in a Story

If you’re the kind of person who goes out of their way to track down interviews with your favorite storyteller and/or the people behind your favorite stories, you may have heard more than once on how their book/film/TV show is like their baby. Up until I released my first novel, I’ve always found that to be very corny-sounding. That’s not to say I don’t know what it’s like to be emotionally attached to my own creative work, but I know now that there’s depth to it all when one is emotionally invested in their own story.

It takes blood, sweat, and tears to put together a story of any medium for an audience. In addition to it all, one also has to put a lot of love and passion into the project as well. It’s something that, if you care enough about the story you are telling, you may not even realize it happening right away.

You begin to see your characters not so much as products created by your mind but as full-fledged beings whom you really care about over the course of the story. You adjust your story as such, not only to tell it more smoothly, but also in ways to where it’s a more enjoyable and engaging experience for you as the creator. And when the time comes for you to release the story into the world, you can’t help get excited and anxious for it, for you never really know if people will receive and accept it in the point of view that you see the story in.

Ultimately, the story becomes a part of you, which is very much why one becomes emotionally invested in them; and while I’m not a parent, I’m speculating that the same goes for the way a parent sometimes sees their own child. That’s why the love can even become blinding. Luckily, that’s why things like beta readers and test audiences exist.

Of course, there are an infinite number of ways an audience can respond to your story. However, in the case instance where it is very well received and the audience understands every character’s role and every plot point that you spent time devising, then that’s when the love grows; not through you anymore, but through the people your story has touched.

You know it happens when audience members recapture what their story means to you, how it’s changed them somehow, and what it will mean to them in the long run. As far as fan culture goes, you know your story is having an impact when fan fiction and fan art suddenly appear online, and social commentaries and think pieces that gets to the nuts and bolts of its awesomeness are shared all over the world. The love spreads, and that’s a very good thing; where instances of reciting lines precisely word per word and defending the story against naysayers blossoms.

That’s why close to the release of A Moment’s Worth, even I got a little nervous about how it would be received by readers. It’s such an experimental novel that I put a lot of devotion to, and so I wondered what the outcome would be like. Well, while it’s reception hasn’t been to the point where people are getting tattoos of quotes from my book, I feel the love from those who read it and understood it. But even still, that doesn’t hinder away the fact that I’m any less nervous about the reception for my second novel, especially when it’s dealing with such relevant themes.

Hard work is all fine and good for the making of a story. But it’s the love, devotion and passion that will show through in the outcome. The story becomes a part of you, and just as well may become a part of others; and despite that having its ups and downs, I can’t think of anything more powerful and unifying than a widely beloved story.

A Moment’s Worth is now available through the following venues: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, iTunes. Please leave a review if you can, for my goal is to get a total of at least 20 reviews on all venues (so far, I’ve gotten 12 reviews so I’m already just past the halfway point to my goal). Check out its Goodreads page, which includes two trivia quizzes for all who’ve completed reading it already.

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