It is inevitable, like the sun rising each morning and setting each night or the pull of the moon on the ocean tides.
Sometimes, it’s a momentous change…a life event…like marrying the person of your dreams, buying the house you’ve always wanted, or the birth of a long-awaited child. It could be as exciting as starting a new job or as simple as using a different creamer in your coffee.
Sometimes, that change is unexpected and not so pleasant but we’ve all learned to deal with those bumps in the road of life. It’s what we do. It’s how we evolve and grow. And maybe even learn.
But sometimes, that not so pleasant change turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to you…or the character you’re writing about. It’s an opportunity to try something new, a chance to spread your wings and take that leap of faith. It’s the thrill, the challenge to rise above whatever life has thrown in your—or your character’s—way.
I feel this way every time I start a new story and I realize that change is the beginning of each story I write. It could be from the heroine’s side or the hero’s side, but it doesn’t matter whose side the change occurred on. It happened. It’s the inciting moment…the reason, if you will, for the hero and heroine to meet and overcome whatever obstacle has been placed before them. And isn’t that what we want for them? Isn’t that why we read romances? For that happily ever after despite the circumstances that began their journey?
Here’s hoping all the changes that occur are good ones and turn out to be the best thing that ever happened!
As always, happy reading!