Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Behind the Scenes #3: My Writing Soundtrack for Trefury, Track 1

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It's countdown time until my science-fantasy novel Trefury: Mendi's Curse is published (coming Sept. 2014). Continuing to explore my research and writing process for this novel, I'm going to share some of the music I listened to while writing the story.

This first song is "You Can Still Be Free" by Savage Garden. It's a beautiful, emotional cry for hope and it fit perfectly the opening chapter for one of my main characters, Thssk. Thssk is at a point of little to no hope, he's in hiding, and he wants everyone else to leave him alone. He's had some major disappointments, like the near destruction of his kind, and his long-standing estrangement from his human wielder. Thssk is an ancient, powerful creature, but he is also vulnerable. By the end of the chapter, Thssk comes out of hiding with a vengeance. Not just proactive, but a definite force to be reckoned with. His little light of hope is enough to carry him forward.

Everyone goes through low moments, times when we feel we can't take one more step, that we have nothing left to give. Tragically, some people choose to end their life when they hit rock bottom, or they quit life and hide. It takes courage to keep on going, to take that one more step, even if it's a baby step. Life is full of disappointments, rejection, hardship, and pain and sometimes when we're crumpled up at the bottom of a figurative ravine we can't see a pathway out, or we don't notice that the sky is still blue above us, or pay attention to the pretty wildflower growing an arms-length away. We are focused inward, nursing our pain. It's when we take the effort to look outside ourselves that we can find a hand grip to get out of the ravine. Maybe it's through helping someone else climb, maybe it's by taking a different path, maybe we have to admit that we were wrong and make retribution or start over.

I've been at the bottom of a ravine many times. That is why I could write about Thssk and get into his character. His overall arc deals with conquering his past demons and not only moving forward, not only reaching the top of his ravine, but finally flying high as he was always meant to.

Question for you:
What do you do to pull yourself or others out of an emotional ravine?

Previous Behind the Scenes Posts:
Forbidden Without Knowing Why
Let's Talk Hair

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