How to make journeys in novels Interesting

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The marshes lay to the north of the Silures’ summer lands and to the south of their winter ones. Every year they must twice trudge through their harsh climate.

Journeys can be an authors biggest nightmare or their biggest friend. An author can fill them with descriptions that do little to drive the plot forward, or he can use the descriptions to personify a characters emotions, to create unusual settings for conflict, drop hints of future engagements, draw the reader deeper into an imaginary world or throw in a twist that no one was expecting.

Make sure they’re not repetitive and come back to them several weeks after you first described the scenes. If at that point you find it boring, re write the scenes to make them more alluring.

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2 thoughts on “How to make journeys in novels Interesting

  1. R. Scott Bakker wrote an entire book with nothing but the journey in his The Prince of Nothing series. The journey is magic. The Fellowship of the Ring is all about the journey. It’s so much more than some descriptions. Though I have learned my journey business not from the great fantasy author, but a classic Russian one, Anton Chekhov. His 112 page short story called The Steppe is the ultimate journey story. The character development, the mood, the conflicts, all of it is done masterfully. It’s one of the masterpieces of classic Russian literature. I’ve read that story multiple times and it left quite an impact on me. When I started a 3000 word journey chapter in my novel, it ended up growing beyond 10k words and spanning into multiple chapters. In fact I am still writing it! So many things can happen in a journey and it’s so much fun to write. You really get to know the characters during a long journey.

  2. In my mind I had replied to this Leona. 🙂 Thanks for your thoughts and comments – you are absolutely right. When done well these can leave a huge impact and I wish you well with writing yours!

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