Sometimes the runes are a little bit spooky. Today I drew Kaunaz. It’s a rune of knowledge and means a radical and permanent change is coming. It’s freaky because I know that change is coming. I have been drawing runes indicating change is coming.
Now that I think about it, change is part of life and it would be surprising if something didn’t change, so the rune meanings were created with that in mind, but it’s weird how often the ones that specifically mention change are coming up.
Change is inevitable. It is embedded in the fabric of the world. Not to change is to die. The trees that don’t bend and flex are usually the ones that break and fall. Get rid of things that don’t work for you anymore. That’s how it is in every portion of our lives, especially our writing. If the story you are working on is no longer working for you, stop. Work on something else. It’s as simple as that.
I know that’s easier said than done. most things are. In this instance, however, it’s the best thing you can do. I’m not saying throw away the piece that isn’t working. You can save it and come back to it. I just mean that if you find yourself struggling with a piece of writing, stop. Change to another piece, start another piece. Give it a rest and come back to it later and read it over. Chances are, you will find what is making the piece not work, then change it. Change is good, even if we don’t always see it that way.
Change is life. As we grow, we change. If we didn’t, we’d be rigid and unyielding. Our writing, if we want it to have life, has to change. Our characters have to change. If nothing changes in a story, the reader would wonder why he/she/it is reading the story. on the heels of that thought comes the part when the reader puts down the book and wanders off in search of entertainment elsewhere and the writer has failed.
Change engages the reader. It makes our characters and the story come alive. I know I keep repeating myself but life is change and change is life. Without change there is no life. Life without change is – well, boring.
Things are changing in my life. I embrace the changes. Ok, I’m also a little afraid of them, but change really is good. especially if used in writing to drive the story. I like to think that the changes in my life are driving my personal story forward. So mix it up a little and see what a little change can do for you.