And now, it's Blog Chain time! This round, the topic was chosen by the ever awesome Sandra, who wants to know:
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, depending on what I'm writing, I like to explore other locations, settings, and even times with my characters. When I write historicals, I am able to take the characters all over the world and delve into many different eras. It is fun to immerse myself, through my characters, in past cultures and societies.
For stories set in present day USA, the physical journeys in my stories often serve as learning and growing experiences for my characters. Something that will happen along the journey will impact my characters and they are forced to react. Going out of your own little corner of the world often means leaving your comfort zone. If I have my characters physically traveling it is usually so they can meet new people, see new places, experience new things, all so they can change and grow on a psychological journey.
I like when my characters change and grow through the things that happen to them throughout the story. I don't think you have to go on a physical journey to take a psychological trip, though I think physical trips can help open one to personal changes because it gets you out of your comfort zone, out of what's normal and accepted and open's your mind to new things and experiences. So, I like to explore all those options with my characters.
How about you? What types of journeys do your characters take?