The big move and why it matters

My husband and I recently packed up our furniture, dogs, and belongings, and moved to a little tourist town three hours north of where we both grew up.

Why?

To pursue new opportunities.

Everything has fallen in place for this change. My husband got a new job and we got a house to rent within about two weeks. It seemed sudden to many of our friends and family members, but to us it was finally time. We’ve known we had to move for a while now, but we didn’t know where. So we waited until we did.

Patience is key to so many things.

What does this have to do with writing? Well, now that most of our belongings aren’t in boxes, this process has helped me understand moving and travel for my MC more. I now know even more plot holes to fix on this round of editing.

You see, her father moved her family away from a problem when she was a child, but as an adult, I didn’t write about her conflicting emotions with the move that she still wrestles with. I forced her to bottle her anger and sadness, which needs to come out at some point. I didn’t write about her making the journey back to see her hometown in rubble. I didn’t write her reason why other than her father told her to.

As my husband and I talked about our why before we moved, we often asked ourselves Why not? We don’t have kids or a mortgage. We just have two dogs and some furniture.

So we took the leap and are so glad we did.

Challenge: Why is your character moving or traveling? Are they moving away from something or toward something?

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