Apr 11, 2012

A to Z - Journey

My first post in this challenge was about archetypes, and we often just think about them in stories.  But if you really think about it, stories are the depiction of truth.  So if I'm writing a story, about a person who wants something, and they go through all kinds of adventures to get it, including the point of no return, that's just about them.  Right?  Right?

Or is it about us?

I know there are lots of people participating in this blog challenge who aren't writers, but if we have a blog, we must have something to say, something we are pursuing.  Think about your own starting of this journey - an idea?  Something you always wanted to try?  And then, there are some failures, flops, discouragements...but eventually, we go through a kind of forest - that point when we can't ever not chase this dream again.

Dreamers get transformed - their priorities get changed - where they want to be in life is no longer the path they thought it would be.  We have helpers, mentors, our own pits of despair, and then change.  And all along the way is lots of work.

If you look at the standard formation of the journey, there are lots of frustrations along the way, but oh my word, is it ever worth it.  I have journeyed on several things already in my life and have really been committed to this for just over six months, but what an adventure so far.

What is the dream you are chasing?  Can you think of those who have been helping you with your call to adventure?  What do you do to keep the eye on the prize?

25 comments :

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've never thought of it this way. I've always applied the concept to stories. I've never applied it to my own life story. Very clever.

I'm not going to say I'm chasing a dream. Dogs chase tails. It doesn't take much to chase a tail, as long as you have one. I'm pursuing my dream--to be published. (yeah yeah, I know shocker, huh?) :)

Lots of people have helped me. Agents (who have given me feedback), beta readers, my awesome CP. And then there's my super supportive husband and family.

Susan Roebuck said...

I wrote about truth in fiction today too. Our lives are separate journeys and our route to being published is one too (one that never ends I hope). Dreams? Well, I'm a little sceptical about dreams, but I'll never give up hoping.

Lynn Proctor said...

i guess to be honest, my dream is pretty much wrapped up in my children, reaching their dreams, which is what makes me the happiest

mindthagap said...

I really like this idea. So interesting to make a parallel with stories and our own lives. Thanks for opening my sights a bit. :)

Kyra Lennon said...

My dreams have changed so many times, but writing is the one thing I keep coming back to. So I guess publication is the dream I am chasing right now. :D

shelly said...

I do my dreams in steps. Finish your project first...Schwoo...then do your proper research to see where it can go....schwoo...market, market, market...schwooo. Start over from the beginning and repeat.

elizabeth seckman said...

I'm living the dream. I just wanted to write. I just wanted to find other people who didn't think I'd lost my mind because I play make believe every day and call it work.

J. A. Bennett said...

I love this post! It's so true that chasing a dream is similar to a hero's journey. It's this huge gaping goal that needs a little help along the way. Love the graphic too, great post!

Catherine Noble said...

I love that picture! My dream is to be able to give up the office job and write full time, and it's the best journey I could ever start :)

Emily R. King said...

Great post! The picture is spot on.

I'm on a writing journey. I see that now. At first I thought it was a publishing journey, but no, it's more than that. It's exploring who I am as a writer.

Again, great post!

Cassie Mae said...

I will get to Harry Potter land someday. Even if I have to walk to Florida!

Donna K. Weaver said...

My hubby gets frustrated at all the challenges that are always being thrown at the heroes in stories. I keep telling him that when the challenges stop, the story's over. He's just not buying it. lol

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Enjoyed your "J" post made excellent reading.

Yvonne.

Sarah Allen said...

I want more than anything to be a published, established writer. Thanks for your inspiring post :)

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Joshua said...

As much as I like Cassie's comment and want to go to Harry Potter Land, I'm going to say the dream is to be published. I would also like it to be that I could write from home instead of sneaking writing time while at work. (Does this mean I already get paid to write?)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My goals have changed since I began blogging. While I do intend to write one more book, and I am trying to maintain my platform here, it's more about helping others than anything else now.

Nicole said...

Brilliant post! I'm still chasing the same writing dream I had when I was a little kid - only the details and the timeline have altered a bit. :) And so many, many great people continue to help me on this adventure!

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

I started out wanting to be published by a big 6 co., now I just want to be published in any form, even if it means self-publishing.

Sandra Tyler said...

I recetnly reconnected with my mentor of 20 years. and she reminded me that the best story to be written writes itself.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

My level of determination rises and falls depending upon how much the rest of my life gets in the way. I have a goal for a year from now and it keeps my going.

David P. King said...

I've had the same dream for 15 years. Still trying to make it happen. Lot's of cool stuff has happened along the way, though. :)

DL Hammons said...

There is no way my journey would look anywhere near that organized! Publication in one form or the other is the dream!! :)

Jess Stork said...

I think this is a good point, Tasha. Sometimes the journey is as important as the ending. It's what makes the character who they are, and there are no shortcuts.

Peggy Eddleman said...

Great way to look at it! Especially to relate it to blogging and life!

Kelley Lynn said...

Love this way of seeing it! :)

Dream is to get a book on the shelves. Won't stop till it happens.

Though I wouldn't change this journey for anything (even on the crappy days :))