Not sure why, but this September has been very slow on this here blog. Well, I do have some pretty convincing reasons, not the least of which is being a busy little bee, plotting a novel. I also, you know, work and otherwise committed to householdy things, so there’s that. But even if I did have the time to sit and actually write a post, it seems like my brain (or that part of it in charge of coming up with things to say) was as foggy as the Georgia skies have been these past weeks.
And so, I find myself humming Green day’s tune “Wake me up when September ends”.
Although the original video for this song can be considered a leading candidate for “cheesiest video in history” award, the lyrics say something else. They talk about transformation, which is what we’re here to talk about.
Quick shout-out before we continue to Christina, whose workshop – the 60/60 method is as good as it gets. A real eye opener!
I rarely “promote” anything, so when I do, you should know it’s something of real value. Not your usual “come see what a great writer I am” scheme. This is the real deal folks. Ask me and I’ll say (a lot) more.
The reason I bring this up is that I was reminded again, that transformation is THE heart of our writing adventure.
It’s pretty clear that the most significant lines in this song are:
Here comes the rain again
Falling from the stars
Drenched in my pain again
Becoming who we are
Change is not easy (Well, no shit Sherlock). But transformation, a real change that make one who s/he turns out to be? That – in most cases – involves pain. It could be an agonizing, seemingly unbearable pain, or a sudden jolt. It could last a long time, or not. But while sitting comfortably, we rarely come to any real revelation. Why would we? If we’re nice and cozy – what’s the motivation?
That’s true in fiction to an even greater extent.
If in real life, the pain can vary depending on the individual and their tolerance, in fiction we simply can’t settle for anything less than dramatic. Losing a job in this day and age could be extremely difficult and bring about severe repercussions. That would be a heart wrenching story. In a newspaper article.
In a book, losing one’s job (and I am generalizing here) doesn’t quite cut it. As opposed to real life, where we wish everyone a smooth journey to happiness, as writers of fiction, we cannot expect a reader to accept a transformation based on something less than dramatic. Nor can the reader accept a transformation based on a single event as tragic as it is.
Come to think about it, there’s a lot to be said about real life transformations, in comparison to fiction. But that is for another post.
Just like Billie Joe, some things must come to pass and our hero must be drenched in pain before emerging, renewed.
- How was your life transformed?
- How was you your hero’s?
Let me know what you think and otherwise feel free to comment and share the pain.
That’s all for today, wake me up when September ends.