The story I thought I was writing, and the story I actually wrote

September 1, 2016 Writing  No comments

“The true subject of your story emerges as your characters encounter obstacles and make choices. The subject is often a surprise.” – The Story Within, Laura Oliver

When I first started writing this story, I thought it was going to be a story about how you don’t have to be where you came from. That you can rise above your circumstances and create the life you want to have.

But then, as I worked through the layers of the story, new themes emerged. The story wasn’t about ambition, it was about how shadows get twisted up inside your head. It was a story about rewriting lies into truths. How the behaviors and beliefs that once enabled you to survive become maladaptive once you’re out of danger. About trauma, both singular and prolonged. How parents actions irrevocably influence their children’s lives and belief systems, and just how difficult it is to untangle yourself from where you come from. The complicated, messy, emotional relationships of families.

Running to Stand Still is still a story about not being defined by your past. But it is also the story of how you can’t run away from yourself. That the only way to create the life that you want to have is to do the work, face your demons.

And ultimately, it is a story about love. About happiness. And seeing those things clearly.


Until next time, farewell & may your life never cease to be filled with wonder and curiosity. 

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