Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about journeys.
I have participated in various writing challenges during the past year, hoping to jump-start my writing. I had begun a WIP in early 2010, and then set it aside for NaNoWriMo, which required a new project.
In each of them, journeys are a large part of what the characters are exploring. In Interior Designs, our MC is facing up to her “interior world,” not liking what she sees. She will attempt to figure out what drives her, and then change some of her behavior. Will she succeed?
While the character in Defining Moments has to veer off the course she set for herself when her marriage falls apart, she now has to come to terms with some of her hidden obsessions and compulsions.
When I selected a photo of my Wizard of Oz collectibles for today’s header, I was thinking about journeys. How they often lead us to unexpected places, and how we end up transformed.
I do like to illustrate my thoughts with fantasy images; not necessarily because I “believe” in these fantasies, but because they do offer metaphors for our lives in the real world.
So when I set off to explore a new path, or take a unique twist or turn in the current one, I have to ask myself what lies ahead? Will my “yellow brick road” reveal the secrets that I need to know in my journey?
What about you? Do you think about journeys and how they might teach us what we need to know?