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A Writing Journey

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Sometimes, I have to go back to the basics. Today, I’m putting Rewriting Destiny’s major chapters and their plot points onto index cards so I can see the whole picture of the story my characters are living.

As with many of my works in progress (and their are several and all remain half-finished), this one began with a writing prompt and I fell in love with the characters, Willow and Poppy. For me, their journey is a female version similar to the one that Sam and Frodo take in Lord of the Rings.

Each young woman has set off to rewrite her destiny as told her by the Ceremony of the Fates. Each believes the Ceremony has provided them a wrong path, one not aligned with their true gifts. Embarking on this journey and leaving their Village expels them forever from returning.

The journey is decided no matter the Fate they discover. As the writer of this story, their epic journey is mine as well as I travel alongside Willow and Poppy to the story’s end.

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Breathing Life into My Story

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This is the year I finish at least one fiction manuscript, and thereby live out the fraction of those thousands of lives. Some of the lives available to me include Henry, a faerie who became human to protect the woman he loves; Willow Suantraí, a young girl who embarks on an epic journey to change her destiny and defeat the angels of darkness that threaten the fates of many; Daniel, a photographer whose dreams reveal seven people he needs to find and save from a shapeshifting evil doer; Amber Stone, a mother who doubles as a superhero in an alternate reality and works to defeat evil; and a monster who revisits Lucy, the girl whose bed he lived under during her childhood, to deliver an important message.

There are others. But this is about finishing only one.

For me, this is about breathing life into one story’s characters that have not been given the opportunity to fulfill their full potential to live out their story. And, yes, this applies as much to me, their writer, as it does to them. Because by starting and stopping their stories, by abandoning my gift for lengths of time, I miss the opportunity to fulfill my full potential and live out my story.

By writing their story, I continue to live out my own, as a writer and as the person I was created to be.

What story will you pursue this year?