I recently stumbled upon a quote from Orson Scott Card, one of the greatest science fiction authors of our time. He said this in reference to his best-known work:
The story of Ender’s Game is not this book […]. The story is the one that you and I will construct together in your memory. If the story means anything to you at all, then when you remember it afterward, think of it, not as something I created, but rather as something that we made together.
I’ve always found reading to be a deep, personal experience. Even with books that are famous, that millions of people have read, the version of the story that played out in my mind is unique. Even when books turn into movies, I still have my own, personal Frodo Baggins, Arthur Dent, or Ender Wiggin living inside my head.
As a writer, I share Orson Scott Card’s belief. Storytelling is not something I do alone. It’s something you and I do together. So to anyone who’s already read a Tomorrow News Network story and to anyone who ever will, thank you for sharing this experience with me.