One of my favourite quotes that keeps me going when the words don’t flow and the whole idea of writing a positive future fiction novel seems silly and overwhelming:
“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”
David W. Orr
Now I have just published the second chapter of The Vision (see here: Chapter 2 – The Farm or maybe start with the Preface or Chapter 1 – Departure) and am feeling mighty accomplished. But there is so much more to do! On that note, an important lesson over the last 6 months has been:
Don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good.
Exactly. I believe this (or something like this) is by Voltaire but either way, it hits our modern addiction to perfection on the head. I just want to tell this story and I want to tell it now. I don’t want to wait and go the normal way of novels with no guarantee that I will ever get published.
Who cares about a few errors in grammar and spelling when someone is attempting to make our society a fairer, friendlier and more positive place? Is not perfection an illusion anyways? (I will still be very grateful to anyone who spots mistakes and lets me know about them!)
So with that being said, I aim to be productive, not perfect. At least in the short run. After all, this is my crack at inspiring more People to think positively about our future – and time is running out to make the changes that our society needs very badly.
Curious? Here are a few questions answered.
What is The Vision?
The Vision is a positive future fiction novel that I have worked on for about the last 5 years.
What is The Vision about?
The Vision is set in 2050 in Brisbane, Australia. It is about the members of a family who are going through an extraordinary time in their lives.
Where is the rest of the chapters?
I am still writing, editing, changing, tearing up, deleting, re-writing etc…so only the first few chapters are any good for the readers at this point. But stay tuned!