How Far We'll Go

I've been staring at the edge of the water
'Long as I can remember, never really knowing why
I wish I could be the perfect daughter
But I come back to the water, no matter how hard I try
Every turn I take, every trail I track
Every path I make, every road leads back
To the place I know, where I can not go, where I long to be

Well, if you guessed the movie Moana for the movie that this song belongs to…’re right. The song “How far I’ll go” is so accurate on so many levels in various situations alone. As high school seniors, it’s the plans afterwards whether that’s college or a full-time job, for college seniors, it’s the next step, which may be undergraduate learning, or a job in that career that the student studied for.

The same goes for writers.
As writers, we make our own trails in the stories we write. We write, edit, rewrite, can stories in the trash……..but we always want to create adventures. Never knowing where the actual adventure will lead us after we finish our project. We get to create adventures that readers get to take part of with our characters. Some of my favorite books I enjoy reading are ones that I can join the characters themselves, cheer for, mourn and cry over, get mad or frustrated at, and ultimately either wanting to throw the book across the room because of the characters decisions, or close the book saddened that this certain character is fictional and I couldn’t wrap them up in a hug and let them know that what they were facing in that story wasn’t going to last forever.

But isn’t that the job of the writer to get us, as the readers, that involved in a story? That emotional?

See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me
And no one knows, how far it goes
If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me
One day I'll know, if I go there's just no telling how far I'll go

The wind. Places and things we’ve done in our past to get where we are today. The only way to go up is forward. Or, in other words…….
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