Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q is for Quest: The Core of Good Storytelling

Joseph Campbell called it "The Hero's Journey" and it is at the core of all good storytelling, the quest, the search, the longing. Without a quest it is hard for me to care about the protagonist(s) in any story. As a writer, if I don't know what my quest is, my story won't go anywhere. In The Old Mermaid's Tale Clair is on a quest for mystery and romance, while Baptiste is on a quest to reclaim some sense of dignity. In Each Angel Burns it is Maggie who is on a quest for the missing statue of the angel Gabriel. Now, in Depraved Heart, I am writing about Tempest whose quest is to rid herself of her empathic powers while Syd's quest is to protect his daughter. All of these are journeys that give the characters depth and purpose. At least I hope so.

Q is also for Quinn as in Wyatt Quinn Ravenscroft, the powerful Boston financier who used his considerable fortune to built the art filled estate called Hathor, the setting for Depraved Heart. One of the pleasures of writing that book was being able to write about some of the many artists whose work is so well-known on Cape Ann. Among the artists whose lives figure in the story are Walker Hancock, Emile Gruppe, and Paul Manship. Weaving their talents into the story to create atmosphere was exciting for me.

And Q is for quality -- something I aspire to at all times. In fact, I could say that creating quality is my quest.

This blog post is part of the April 2012 A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. Thanks for visiting.

1 comment:

  1. I, too, am on a quest for quality in my writing. Not just the words themselves but the story, as well.

    Great post!

    A to Z Blogger & SF/Fantasy Writer @ Visions of Other Worlds


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