It’s Blog Chain time again. Sandra started this chain with a topic inspired by a recent trip she took. Here is her topic:
What kind of journeys do your characters make? What effects do they have on the characters and the plot? Also, if you wish, please tell us about one of your personal journeys and how it changed you.
I’m going to start this topic with the last part of the question and my belief about books in general. I have been fortunate to both travel a great deal and read – a lot. Both things have broadened my world view. And although I would not trade my real life experiences in unusual and beautiful places, I know it is through the stories I have read that the most profound changes inside have occurred. Through books, I have walked a mile in many different shoes, and viewed the world from a myriad of perspectives.
That is the gift we give as authors – the gift of perspective.
And I believe we do this through the characters we create and the personal journeys they take.
In my stories I like to explore all of the aspects of humanity – from the good to the evil and all of the spaces in between. As a result, my characters always make journeys – typically psychological ones.
In my first novel, Chaos Within (which is currently in the “back-to-square-one” stage), the main character journeys through her own insanity only to discover the reality within her illness. The journey is completely psychological, though a parallel universe does come into play. Agent of Chaos, the second in the same series, takes this journey out of her head and explores the true nature of good and evil as the characters journey within themselves to discover how far they are willing to go for each other. In the story, they test out the old adage “the needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few”. Another psychological and philosophical journey.
Set in the age-old battle of good and evil, my current WiP, Lacrimosa, examines the meaning of love, sacrifice and true cost of redemption. The characters journey through their own belief systems as they examine how far they are willing to go for the people they love.
As you can tell, I like journeys – especially psychological ones!
I see my job as the storyteller to take my characters beyond their personal breaking points by challenging all of their belief systems and pushing them to the place beyond the reach of hope. At that moment, they change. They evolve.
This is the ultimate journey all of the characters take in my stories – the journey through chaos to enlightenment.
What about you? How do your characters grow and develop? What journeys do they take?