We All Need Good Stories

In any good story, the protagonist faces tough challenges. The tougher the challenges are, the more we feel for the character. That poor protagonist will lose most everything, or at least have that threat hanging over him. Of course, just like in life, the protagonist can’t resolve the issue on the first try. It will take multiple attempts for the protagonist to succeed.

That’s one of the reasons we love to read good books. I think everyone likes to see the protagonist win or succeed. The larger the conflict, the more risk the character faces. The more risk, the better the expected payoff at the end.

Reading is a great escape from life’s challenges. It can help takes us away from our daily stress. In the same way the protagonist of a good story needs to try different ways or different attempts, nothing in my life has been perfect on the first attempt. The difference is, my life has, hopefully, many unwritten pages, where a good story has already had it’s pages set. If I’m reading a book, it should have a satisfying ending. But what about life? Should I be satisfied?

That is a question I’ve been asking myself throughout this last year as I work through my stressful responsibilities. The answer I’ve found is simple, and might only work for me. The answer is, if I base my satisfaction on things I cannot control, I may never be satisfied even though there are great things I’m doing. I now take time, at the end of each day, to see the good I’ve accomplished or that was done around me. Life may never be easy. Some goals I may never reach. But I like the progress I made, even if I’m the only one who sees it.

I’ve written almost twenty chapters of my next book. I carried on in the outline I started for Resonance and, Dissonance. I plan to have this third book done by January or earlier. Some of the items that were hinted at in the first two books, like the end of the Machina, will come to the forefront in this third book. Wyatt, the protagonist, will face his toughest challenges, yet.

Check out my other books.

My fantasy, A Map, a Mage, and a Sacrifice, was a fun book to write. It is set in a world with limited technology, but where sacrifice is a necessary element to magical power. The greater the pain and suffering, the greater the magical power generated. The few mages in power use voluntary sacrifice of the citizens to generate power they use to protect and defend the empire. But their rule may be coming to a close.

If you’re looking for a science fiction story, try my book The Promise of Dust, which takes place in a cloud city floating in the atmosphere of Venus. Or Progenitor’s Legacy: Deceit, which takes place many years in the future on a tidally locked world that orbits a red dwarf and has been reached by humanity in their search for the alien progenitors who seeded the galaxy with nano machines.

If a young adult science fiction is more to your liking, check out my series This New Earth, that starts with Demons of a Dead World and Secrets of a Dead World.

If you are looking for a young adult fantasy, check out my book The Threads Unbound.

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