H is for Harmony
A good story is the sound of harmony on paper.
I’m a music educator. I enjoy performing in orchestral and wind ensembles, but what I really love is conducting—that’s where the real fun is, and that’s also where the work is. Conducting gives you the opportunity to analyze a musical score from all angles. A great composition is no accident. It’s crafted with a careful balance of rules and intuition created from the heart of a gifted composer. The fun comes when I can connect with the language of the composer and convey the meaning to the members of the symphony so they can execute a breathtaking performance.
The writing process is so very similar. A memorable novel is no accident. Technique takes years to learn and a lifetime to master. There are layers upon layers of depth and meaning in each line of writing, all waiting for the reader to discover and enjoy. As a newbie, I’ve come to love this process of creating harmony on paper. It’s a challenge, it’s hard work, it’s relentless, but it is worth the effort.
My dream is for everyone to one day sing my story.