Life I think though, is not so much like a novel, but like a collection of works, and every individual is a contributing author. The life of each person is like a dramatized poem, expressing heights and depths of grandeur and despair, of happiness and sorrow, and love and loneliness.
From the time we are born we spend ourselves writing this masterpiece, which details conflicts and tensions, and choices. Every story, be it a novel or a poem is driven by choices, and their ensuing consequences.
Every person though, your boss, your coworker in the next cubicle, even that annoying classmate is a poem. Some poems are dark, others bright. Some express entrapment, and others hope and freedom. but all are valuable. There is not a book written which does hold value in the effort or creativity put into it. Likewise, each life is an expression of creativity and effort; even the least accomplished has struggled and been deeply influential in another person's life.
Important though to consider is what we wish our legacy to be. In this digital age, we will never truly be forgotten; your facebook, twitter, and forum posts may remain available long after everyone presently around ceases to exist. two hundred years from now this blog post may still be archived somewhere. There is no escaping history, neither do we have to fear being forgotten by it.
But this poses a striking question: What image am I leaving myself? What is your poem? Have you outlined the novel you want remembered, or are you still a rough draft?