Some authors do both. They have an eventful life and write books that leave a vivid impression as well: Hemingway, Shakespeare (probably, given the little we know about his real life), Dickens, Twain.
Some authors lead quiet relativelymundane lives but their writing is full of color, action, and sometimes inspiration: J. D. Salinger, Harper Lee, Margaret Mitchell, Elmore Leondard.
What brought up this topic for me was reading about a young musician named Dotan Negrin. On his piano he has a sign with the motto, “You owe it to yourself to do something remarkable with your life.”
He bought a van, loaded his upright piano into it, and with his dog as a companion drove around the US and stopped and played for people. He started with only a $2 bill and one gallon of gas. He began his journey in New York City and in 3 hours there made $152. The trip was on!
It wasn’t smooth sailing at every stop. For instance, Boston: “I parked my car in a 2 hour spot and pushed the piano over to the 1st location. I played for 30 minutes and was told to leave by the manager of the building in front of me. With an hour and a half more to go I went to another location, got kicked out again, and then another location. By the end of the 2 hours I had probably walked a half mile and was tired. I loaded up the piano and grabbed some lunch.”
He writes about his adventures at his site: http://www.PianoAcrossAmerica.com
I think “remarkable” comes in all sizes and doesn’t require anything as dramatic as this. And, as I said at the start, as a writer you can also stay home and create a story as inspiring as his. What a wonderful advantage we have!
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