Every Day is a Journey, and the Journey Itself is Home

English: Matsuo Bashō

English: Matsuo Bashō (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I ran across the headline quote during my research intended for my ninja thriller love tragedy. Can you say lack of direction? Anyhow, the quote is from a Matsuo Basho, a Japanese poet from the seventeenth century.  Why is this salient to my blog post today?

(Insert reader comment here) “But DJ, weren’t you working on your snowflake-method driven tale of modern day corporate vampires?”

Yes. And here is where it gets interesting, at least to me.

Like composing or arranging music, something I did for many years, writing a story involves not creating the story, but finding it and letting it come to life on the printed page. Every story, like every melody, is already in existence, out there somewhere in the ether of our universe.  It is just our job as writers to find it and help put it into a medium (novels, blogs, et al) that normal people can read. Think of it like this – those who pray to God often forget that the important thing is to listen to what He is telling you. The story is the same way – you don’t write it, you transcribe it – but you have to listen for it first.

Notice the use of the term normal?

Thusly – my saga of Bick Parker and the blood sucking brood has progressed from the snowflake outline to the next step, the treatment stage of the hero’s journey. In other words, thanks to my journey through the snowflake method of outlining, the epic in the making of Bick Parker and the vampires has a more involved plot, more (better) characterizations, and a grand “world” is being built around him.

Plus now he is also a sax player, laying down cool Gerry Mulligan riffs in a coffee house.

More to follow.

Thanks for reading – I’ll post the first bit of the treatment later this week.

Unless the journey takes another road…

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8 thoughts on “Every Day is a Journey, and the Journey Itself is Home

  1. I’m looking forward to reading! (And if Bick wants to throw in a few Bruce Johnston-inspired licks, that’s cool. I was always partial to Bruce…(Stay Loose With Bruce))

  2. “Every story, like every melody, is already in existence, out there somewhere in the ether of our universe. It is just our job as writers to find it and help put it into a medium…that normal people can read.” — Ah, yes indeed. This is the philosophy my minstrel characters hold about music, and it has served them well (and me, when I get to hear their songs). As for the writerly application, the journey of discovery is pretty much my favorite part of the job. (:

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