Mile markers

I’ve noticed a new recurring element that’s been appearing in my writing lately. Before now, one of the things that came up a lot (“recurring theme” sounds pretentious, but I guess that’s what it is) was the notion of home and how to define it. Lately, though, I’ve been coming up with characters who’ve reached—not a crossroads; more like a mile marker, and they’ve turned around to look behind and take stock of everything that’s happened to them, everything that’s brought them to the point in their lives where I start writing about them, and wondering why it’s taken them so long to get where they are.

I wonder if this is in any way related to turning 40 this month. (Of course, just asking that question implies an answer.)

One thought on “Mile markers

  1. Like sun through an appropriately angled magnifying glass, sometimes bringing life issues into sharp focus can heat things up a bit. It’s natural for characters (and their author) to explore who they were, who they are, and who they will be. When viewed through the lens of an author turning 40 … maybe it’s just setting fire to the pages a little more than usual. 🙂

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