Travel means different things to different people, but whether it’s hitting the open road or flying the, um, friendly skies, each journey begins with the same step. Preparation. Thought leads to action.
Thought: It would be nice to take a special trip to celebrate our anniversary.
Action: Check to see if there is milk in the fridge.
Thought: Maybe next year.
Action: Twenty years whiz by and in a stroke of incredible luck, ALL of the checks clear AND there is milk in the fridge!
Thought: It’s time.
Action: Italy or bust!
This is how I am preparing. I put off packing until the last minute. I write instead of doing the dishes and spend too much time reading other blogs. I watched a video posted by another Indie Author in which Salman Rushdie discusses fiction writing. Specifically, truth in fiction writing. The just over three minute video is worth watching. In it he says something that exactly sums up my goal for the writing journey on which I have embarked. He says, “What you’re looking for [in any story] are people you can believe in, behaving in ways you can recognize.”
I believe it is true that a character’s behavior tells us something about our own behavior, our own nature and about the life of the person next door to us as well. Mark Twain said, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.”
Our itinerary has been prepared with the aid of professionals; details of which I most certainly will share in a future post. Until then, I leave you with this: