The last week has been really crazy. Artist Daughter got married. We don’t have any relatives that live in town, so I visited the airport six times in three days.
Write Anywhere #4: The Airport
I snagged some writing time while waiting for a flight to arrive and practiced capturing bits of dialogue and description and anything else that helped get my brain off overload. Some snippets I wrote down:
- A herd of impatient travellers playing with their phones
- Old guy, plaid shorts with thin white knee socks, long sleeve shirt and denim baseball cap
- Click-clack of stilettos on women in mini skirts of a certain age who should have given them up many years ago
- “They said it’s on time, but it’s not here yet.”
- “Do you copy? Do you copy?” on a security radio
- Expressions at the arrival gate: confusion, relief, serious, romance found!
- Worn red couches – Who sat here? Where were they going? Were they running from or running to something? Someone?
We’re all on a journey. That is one of the most clichéd lines ever. But it’s true. Everyone is on a journey of some type: physical, spiritual, or emotional. Stories are journeys and people love a story that connects with parts of their own journey. People want to identify with the hero of a story. Heroes aren’t necessarily a crime fighter with a costume. They can be any ordinary man, woman or even fish whose journey and the obstacles they overcome make them a bit extraordinary.
The structure of the hero’s journey can help you understand how to construct your novel to make the most of this inherent desire to connect. Check out these links on the hero’s journey:
A wealth of quick video lessons on the Hero’s Journey in popular film here.
Larry Brooks gives the ultimate list on what you need to know about journey of your novel’s hero here.
I made it through my airport journeys, but realize I need to work on solidifying my heroine’s journey in my novel. At least I have an idea where I’m going. 🙂
Question: Do you think it’s important to work from a basic structure like the Hero’s Journey for a story or do you like to let the story find its own journey?