Thursday, April 19, 2012

"Q" is for Quest!

I love a story where the characters go on a quest! Ahh! It's so exciting (or at least it should be!) Adventure, surprises, loss, hope, struggle.... you name it!

So why not look at life (or... your writing) as a quest! It is, isn't it?

And what kind of hero or heroine will you be? Will you let your readers down by giving up? By quitting? Or will you be the hero of your own story? Will you persevere, defying all obstacles until you are published?

Yes, I might be being a little dramatic, but there are times as writers when we are ready to throw in the towel and give up on the journey. As a writer... you should know better. Who wants to read a book where there is no hero? Where everyone gives and doesn't persist through the struggle? NO ONE! And... if we quit, there will be no book of ours for anyone to read anyway.

"Hero's go on journeys, confront dragons and discover the treasure of their true selves." Carol Lynn Pearson

So be the hero of your own journey! Confront the dragons... whatever they might be and discover all that you're capable of!

What keeps you going when things get hard?

30 comments:

Nick Wilford said...

I guess it would be getting to the end of my draft and looking back at what I've done. Mind you, that would only be Stage 1 of the quest completed!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I need to slay the dragon of no time. On my list for next month!

Cristina said...

this post rocks! you are all inspirational, LOVE it!

C.M.Brown said...

Great quote from Carol Lynn Pearson.

Jack said...

All of a sudden I have this craving to brandish a sword, chainmail and helmet so I can go off and slay a dragon!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Great post, Leigh! I never thought of writing/life as going on a quest - love it! :)

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Love this! Great post - I'm on a quest and there are evil things that want to stop me, but I'm armed with determination and a story to tell :)

Ruth Josse said...

Oh, I want to be a heroine! Thank, Leigh. What a good reminder that we can be heroes in our own stories.

elizabeth seckman said...

Frustration and thoughts of quitting are always with me, but then my characters whine in my head and back to the keyboard I go!

Iain said...

I was thinking or rescuing a dragon from a ravenous princess... or somthing.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I love a good quest. It's a way to get a bunch of characters organized to actually do something.

Laura Marcella said...

I love reading about an exciting quest, too! Though my writing journey isn't as eventful as what I read about, LoL. :)

Joshua said...

Apparently I can't hear or read the word "Quest" without hearing the bridge hag from Monty Python and the Holy Grail: "What is your name? What is your quest?"

Leslie Rose said...

I'm inspired. Well put. The first thing I do when I start a new story is craft the quest. I do believe it's the engine to every story.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Inspiring comments from other writers who struggle and persevere.

Nicole said...

I don't think I've ever NOT looked at life like a quest...I just keep waiting for the next dragon. :) Quest stories rock!

Jennifer Lee Young said...

I was feeling that "defeat monster" yesterday. What I usually do is think about why I started to write in the first place. Then I remember that I'm happy with trying to make it. It also good to reach the trials and tribulations of others from time to time.

Cortney Pearson said...

I love a good quest story! I think I wouldn't be very adventurous, in my own story though, lol!!

Cassie Mae said...

Josh totally stole what I was gonna say!

Angela Cothran said...

You know I'm a fan of the quest. It is such an arching metaphor for life! I'm completely controlled by my conscience. If I feel like something is right there is NO WAY I will give up on it. It can get a touch annoying.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Wow this post was very inspiring. I will be braver on my own life quests. Excellent post.

McKenzie McCann said...

When things get hard for me, I try to get my mind off why it's hard and just get the task done. I try to forget that I'm stressed or worried about not being good enough and shove it all out of my mind. It's easier said then done of course, but I do my best.

Tara Tyler said...

my dragons, which i like and respect and fear, are agents

Gina Gao said...

This is a great post. I go on these metaphorical quests of finishing my posts.

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Paula Martin said...

Great quote from Carol Lynn Pearson - except for the spelling/punctuation which should be 'Heroes' - sorry, just nitpicking! Seriously though, the quest dosn't have to be a physical one with real dragons. An emotional quest is somehow even more satisfying.

Sharron said...

A challenge if I ever heard one!

I vowed a long time ago that I would not start a book (write more than a paragraph) without seeing it through. Every time I think of quitting, I remember that vow. It sustains me.

Patricia T. said...

Very thought-provoking and inspirational. Agree with you! Great choice for Q!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Wat a great point! I also love quests, and it's very inspiring to think of being the hero of your own journey/story!

Coleen Patrick said...

I love the idea of thinking about it as a quest! :)

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