The Writer’s Journey

TowerThis post is somewhat of a review of sorts, and is also a bit of a “spoiler” to the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. In that regard, I’m going to hide it so that you know not to look if you haven’t read the series and plan to.

Now, the way I’ve always seen the Dark Tower series is as the perfect analogy to the writing journey. You begin by chasing your characters through a desert to a far distant land in a world where time has little meaning, but is distinctly running out. As you go along, you add more character and plot devices to fill in the spaces and make things far more cohesive. As you travel along, you might make things difficult for yourself and you might have to work harder to get things on the right track again.

As the novels go along, the characters find challenges they must overcome with their own unique talents. At one point, a character is born in the series and born evil, quickly growing and becoming an antagonist. That is much how the writer can (and often does) become her own worst enemy; creating a plot that doesn’t work, writing herself into a corner, or even “writing herself sick”, taking on too much too quickly.

Finally, as the novel ends (and the series begins again in the twist ending), the writer comes to the final solution. Except for a few choice authors, the end of every journey is another journey’s start. It’s yet another path to walk down. It can even be the beginning of the next phase of writing; editing, rewriting, and so forth. However, the story begins again, and again and again.

The writer’s journey is never-ending.

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