The awakening narrative has at its core this story: protagonist (usually female) becomes aware, usually with help of one or more men, of innate spiritual/supernatural abilities that she had hitherto not suspected or had used in a sort of accidental way without understanding them fully. Over the course of the books (usually a trilogy) she learns more about her abilities and becomes one of the most powerful people around. Through the developmental of her talents, she becomes the key to some kind of huge change in her world, whether a shift in balance of good and evil or a complete paradigm shift or the revealing of hitherto obscured truths that change everyone's understanding of the world.
Examples of the awakening narrative:
- The Touchstone trilogy by Andrea K. Host
- The All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness
- The Farseer trilogy by Robyn Hobb (male protagonist)
- The Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones (currently at 7 books)
- The Hot Damned series by Robyn Peterman
At this point I really don't have much to say about it except that I've noticed it's going on and that I'm really drawn to this narrative. It seems to parallel a kind of spiritual awakening a lot of people I know are having these days (including myself), and I'm excited by the possibilities it suggests.
On a more practical level for those of us who are writers, I think it's useful to pay attention to trends & know what's hot right now. This is hot right now! And I don't think it's going to go away anytime soon.
"A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life."
Show up to writing 2-3 hours/day. Mostly on track. There have been a couple days when going with the flow has resulted in less writing. When I do write, I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing. I write blog posts (like this one), have finished a draft of a short story, and have possibly finished the final draft of a nonfiction piece, but lately I seem to be focusing on purging thoughts from my head. I'm writing a lot of crap in the hopes of stumbling across something good. It doesn't feel super satisfying, but I'm still proud of myself for continuing on with it.
Be an active ROW80 sponsor. On track. Checked in on my assigned group last Thursday & yesterday. Will do so again tomorrow. Submitted my guest inspirational post for the ROW80 blog on Friday.
Read for fun. On track. Since last week's check-in, I finished reading Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb, a fantasy novel (first in the aforementioned Farseer trilogy) recommended to me by a recent Twitter acquaintance. It took a few pages for me to get into it, but once I did, the world stuck with me even after I read the last word on the last page, and I've kind of been sulking so I haven't started another book yet. I say sulking because I resent the story not letting me go at the end of the book and also because I can't really afford to buy the other two books right now even though I really, really want to. (What's that you say? The public library? What's that? Okay, you have a point.)
Continue posting twice a week on this blog. Posted once. Hmm. I guess if I'm going to keep this goal I need to come up with some kind of plan; it doesn't seem like posting twice is going to happen organically. For next week: decide whether to keep the 2x a week goal and if so, what the other post per week might be about.
How's it going with your writing? Have you read any books lately that fit the description of the awakening narrative? Are you writing an awakening narrative?
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