“Is my story changing – or – am I changing?”

What! You can't change that!

This is what I find myself thinking about this 2:00am; a ridiculously early hour of the morning. My husband had declared upon coming to bed last evening that, “Precious Little One (a song he wrote) is changing.” My initial reaction was “What, you can’t change that song!” I found I did not want it to change. I was use to it being the way it was. As this startling piece of news settled into my being my thoughts moved on to writers who have worked on a story for years! Example; J. R. Tolkien, worked on Lord of The Rings for years; changing it, tweaking it and letting it evolve even as he gained knowledge of its world and characters. It changed as he change…or is it…he changed because it changed? Now that is the question.

This was the thought that started my early morning rant; is it really the story that is evolving or is it the writer who is evolving? A natural maturing process of the writer.

I was thinking about a fellow hubber who had shared about a young, very young author, 14 years old. This hubber was surprised at this author’s age, having read their work, and made this remark,

                        “for someone so young you have a very mature voice.”

I found this absolutely fascinating; that a person’s “voice” – their writing voice – has age and maturity to it. Not surprising but fascinating. I had just never sat down and seriously thought about this.

So…with that in mind I come back to the question; when is a piece of writing – be it story or song – ever finished? Is it, or can it, be forever evolving –maturing – growing up? Does the author just need to “close the book” on that particular story or song one day and say the end?

 

Perspectives

Now, I understand the evolution of a story, for as the author’s psyche changes, their heart changes, their soul … it is quite logical that the story would change. It is also quite possibly that the “character” of the story may not change as 8 years old is after all 8 years old – but the way, the style the author presents the 8-year-old may or even should change.

An 8 year old will look at another 8 year old through different lenses than a 13, 20, or a person 80 years old. Hence, authors will present the 8 year old, generally, through their own individual perspective and experience.

Commonly, an accomplished and gifted 80 year old author will have more awareness of which perspective they are presenting, than an immature, untried author only 8 years old. The younger author has not learned to see through another’s eyes. Any 8 year old, would have a difficult time writing from the perspective of a 50 year old as they have not experienced life or possibly even known people through that age.

It is simpler for a 30 year old to write about life through the eyes of a 50 year old or 80 year old even though they themselves have not been there. They have had a chance to in life to experience people of this age group; therefore can purposefully set themselves to understanding life through the particular lens of that age group.

That is part of maturity – being able to put our own perspective on hold, so as to be able to see, hear, and experience life through another person’s perspective. This takes -- active listening, conscious absorbing.

Now, this does not mean that a person has to agree with the perspective they are writing from. However, they do need to seek to understand it – see it – hear it – seriously consider it. This takes seeing and hearing the other person for exactly who they are, not who you wish them to be. (Yes, I have discovered, even in writing!) Hence, even if there is not agreement with their stance or perspective – you, the listener and/or author,having gone through the process of understanding, will have gained a richer, more mature, depth of perspective. Even if you, the author, still sees things differently, they will have rounder, fuller understanding of why they, themselves see differently.

Oh but I love this kind of thinking, musing, meditating. Just following my thoughts through – it is good to think about; view what it is that you actually think about; know what occupies your thoughts. Most people (as I was and still am too often) live life completely unaware and unconcerned about what they occupy their thoughts with, what their perspective in life is. How you see things and why you think the way you do.

Source

Maturity

I can hear someone saying well – Why? Why is it important?

I think it is important to know how I think – so I can better appreciate how you think.

It is then that I am open to understanding your perspective. This is a maturing process of the soul. I can see it evident in my own life! In my own thought process – in my own view of things. Even within my own perspective, my own view – there is a maturing process happening, a continual changing, deepening, tweaking process.

We, not one of us, have a once and for all, end of story, perspective.

Have you ever re-read a story or article again which you read five years ago? To one degree or another, (depends on our growth of understanding) it changes. My understanding of that article has changed. It has to! Nothing is stagnant! It only depends on my openness to it, or my willingness to understand as to what degree my perspective will have deepened and grown.

Perspective is not the same as belief. If we have a belief in the Truth; it does not nor should it change. Truth is truth; it does not change. However, my understanding of that same truth; my perspective of that truth may/does change; if I let it. If I am willing perspective will deepen, grow richer, and mature. That is why; the Bible is a book that can be read repeatedly and over again. The Bible, which again is Truth, does not change – my perspective does; my understanding of it does. The words and truth of the Bible are an eternal truth.

It changes Not.

However, I do and that is why our stories change. Thanks Lord.

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Jerami 6 years ago from Houston tx

You said .. "so I can better appreciate how you think. It is then that I am open to understanding, your perspective. This is a maturing process because I can see it evident in my own life!

GREAT topic and understanding of it.

Words of wisdom ... This definately applies to lifes understanding. ... and yet we can not get caught up over there in that particular mind set or we can loose sight of where we are at. Look around twice and find that we are not where we we should have been.

All I'm saying is; to have the ability to see life through someone else's and everyone else's eyes is a good thing as long as we do not go blind to our own perseptions.

And that ain't selfish!


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

No Jerami, I actually don't think that is selfish....it is really a wise word to keep in mind. If I am busy taking in everyine else's perspective I can get lost. I do need to be grounded in my perspective but not to the point where I am unteachable or cannot honestly think about yours so as to have a meaningful discussion. If I want you to understand me and listen to my perspective conciously giving it thought, then I need to do the same for you. How else is understanding ever going to happen. Bless you for stopping in and making such a valuable observation. Blessings to you Ulrike Grace


rls4immanuel 6 years ago

Very good article Ulrike Grace. I do not agree with you that belief does not change. I was not really clear at this point through I suspect your attatching belief to truth. I agree truth does not change. It is established through the word of God and our beliefs "need" to he changed more and more into it's conformity. I also would like to say that your insights on seeing through anothers perspective is very good. Sounds to me like very good food for a healthy marriage!

Keep writing. You write very well and are so faithful to write on topics that most of us ignore. Thankyou for the challenge and the encouragement.


coffeesnob 6 years ago

It is vital to a writer to mature and grow as time goes on. And to understand more with each passing day who we are and how we express certain things and get our points across in what we write. If I don't know know how I think (In terms of creativity I mean) I will miscommunicate what I intend to say and my writer's voice will fade into mere words...Great hub dear, thanks


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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

AS I'm in the middle of a story that is changing, one I am writing as we speak, I take a somewhat different meaning from your hub, though it is applicable both to writing and life. When writing, words come out of their own, and it is only later that I see a deeper meaning, and that may change the course of the whole story. I have been through so many changes in my life that change is now the only constant. So I don't fight the change but go with it, to see where it will lead. Lynda


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FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

"I think it is important to know how I think – so I can better appreciate how you think. It is then that I am open to understanding, your perspective."

It is so true! Unless we understand what we think and why, we can not understand someone else, at least we can not fully appreciate it for what it is. Too often, without knowing our own perspective, we just become defensive and state..."I don't agree!" without even knowing what we honestly DO think. It just has pushed a button in us and we react instinctively. We need to step back and assess our perspective and then we can fully participate in intelligent dialogue with someone else.

Good article!


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Ulrike, I've been punching away at this book I'm writing for a whole long time now. I find the characters evolve as the plot gets in deeper and they react to incidents within their parameters though I also see changes. I've wasted or drastically rewritten whole chapters based on a vision which comes sometimes at 4AM! Yes, your own belief structure can change. When it does, it is reflected in our writing even through subtle nuances here and there. I really enjoyed this Hub and it showed me a lot!


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DavePrice 6 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

Truth doesn't change, true, but understanding deepens with growth, and those changes are reflected in what are perceived as "changes" but are really just growth. The great joy is the discovery of the changes, the growth, and the deeper understandings that come with.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

rls! Thanks for stopping in once again and leaving a comment as well as reading, I appreciate that so much. And you point is well taken, if you go back to read you will noytice that I changed the wording somewhat to make my stance and thought a bit clearer. Thanks for having the courage to so "gently" point that out. We all need always to be open to how someone else is reading and understanding the words and thoughts we present. Hence my article :)

Blessings to you dear friend Love Ulrike Grace


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Down through the ages this has always been difficult. Husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, parent and child to see things through the eyes of another and think the way they might think is extremely difficult.

Brother Dave.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

coffeesnob, (joy & smiles) you put in such clear and concise terms exactly what I was trying to say throughout my whole hub! And...I think I need to be aware of this very thing not only in "writing" or "creativity" (no matter what form that takes) but also in my spoken word. That means (oh my gosh) I have to slow down and actually THINK about what I am going to say BEFORE I say it. :)

That in itself would save me a lot of embarrassing moments and grief! Love you my sweet sister and am still praying for you on a regular basis...hope all is well. Love and blessing Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Lynda, dear NaNoWriter and hubber friend! Good to see you and glad you could come up for a breath and read my hub. I do so appreciate that!

I hear what you are saying, I think the attitude towards change comes with age in some of us "smile"...

I am experiencing some of what you speak of, I thought I had my NaNo story down pat...and D'Voila! My character introduces something that changes things, radically. Or as this morning a detail is revealed that changes things practically back to the beginning. It is what makes writing exciting and tense, but I wouldn't have it any other way. It's keeping up that scares me, and loosing sight of all the threads!

Thanks for your valuable insight...we can't do anything about change...we really do just have to go with it and be alert as to how we can grow from it!

Success in your writing Lynda and do come up for air once in a while.

Praying for you...Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

FloBe...welcome to my hubpages and thanks for commenting! Your insights were very interesting and I apprectiate them.

I agree, we need to KNOW what it is we think. Keep the fine balance of standing solidly on what we know to be truth AND at the same time be open to recognize where I need to change and grow in my understanding. Unless I have a relatively good understanding of my owm mind, I can't even comment on someone else's thought as I have nothing to comment with.

We need to know our own thought processes before we can appreciate another's or feel safe with considering another's.

Thanks for stopping in and oh...yes...becoming a follower. Appreciate that. Blessings to you, Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

UG! Welcome brother, it has been awhile since we have connected.

I hear you...I am more than 50,000+ words into a story I am currently writing and some new details showed up which will entail some re-writing as far back as chapter one! But I love what God shows me about myself as I write. About what I believe and how I handle things versus the way a character may handle things. It seems to be the gentle medium God uses to reveal myself to me! He is so good and is never boxed, that always amazes me.

Thanks for stopping and having a read even while in the midst of your own busy schedule and writing!

Love you brother, blessings and grace in His name...Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Hey Dave, a snowy good mnorning to you...thanks for stopping in and having a read!

I loved your comment which said,

"The great joy is the discovery of the changes, the growth, and the deeper understandings that come with."

Isn't it amazing how God works His change in us sometimes even unbeknowst to us! And then He gives a startling revelation and we sit in wonder as we think, "where did that come from?"

I am so grateful that He doesn't always wait until I am ready for the change, He just knows me and does it. But I also appreciate it when He invites me along in the journey of change.

Blessings to you my brother, keep looking bright and up...Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Good Morning Brother Dave Mathews....and welcome.

Yes, you are so right. We have called it by so many names the most well-known being "the generation gap." However, I don't believe it has to be that way. And in the power of the Holy Spirit, with the understanding and humility of Jesus it CAN be different. It only takes one person to make the generous effort to stop, listen and understand where the other is coming from. It cam make all the difference in the world!

Bless you, and I will be stopping in at the Hub Chapel soon. Thanks for doing that! Blessings to you brother, Ulrike Grace


coffeesnob 6 years ago

thanks for your prayers. All is well. Times can be challenging, but God is always good. Yeppers...my poor mouth needs to be watched as well (LOL)

love ya back


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Tony L Smith 5 years ago from Macon

good insight

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