I just had an "Oh crap!" moment, realizing my post on the blog chain is due today. (Note to self: Check schedule more often.) Straight from her trip to Japan, Sandra brought us this question. 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.
Well, with a name like "The Long Road to Heaven," you can pretty much figure there's some traveling -- physically, spiritually and emotionally -- going on with my most important characters. Oddly enough, by the end of the story, Heather (my MC) physically ends up in the same place she started, but emotionally and spiritually, she's in a completely different place.Heather leaves the *somewhat* fictional town of Brayton in haste. By fate, dumb luck or divine intervention (whatever you want to call it) she winds up meeting someone who challenges her to find the one reason to believe in heaven. Heather scoffs at the idea of a world beyond that which she can guage with her five senses, and she gets angry at the notion that there is a reason for everything. How could there be a reason for the suffering she's endured? But the death of a loved one and a life-threatening addiction give Heather a different perspective on the person who caused all of her suffering -- her father. When her father sends a deathbed letter begging for forgiveness, Heather is forced to return to Brayton and choose between forgiveness or revenge. But if heaven doesn't exist, what purpose is there for forgiveness? So, what kind of journey does my MC take? I guess, it'd be accurate to say she goes to hell and back. If you're interested in my personal journey, you can find that here, my first-ever blog post.
(I apologize for the lateness and the somewhat scattered response. Again, note to self: Check the schedule more often.) :-)Now check out what Christine has to say. Or check out what Eric said before me.