October 8, 2012
Up on the Roof
At the risk of dating myself, but what the hell you all know that I'm old enough to have hung out in discotheques, I will start out by asking how many of you remember these lyrics from a popular song?
When this old world starts getting me down
and people are just too much for me to face
I climb my way up to the top of the stairs
and all my cares just drift into space...
I thought of this song about climbing stairs which lead up on a roof, away from everything and everybody, when one of my facebook friends posted a picture of her green and watery special place in Illinois. The trees were even changing colors right about now. I don't have a pond or trees turning yellow and orange, (sigh) and my roof isn't tall enough to truly feel as if I've escaped, so my special place is the desert. Now it may not look special to you, but hey you have to work with what you got!
Anyway, I started thinking about writing (easier than actually writing) and how as writers we can give our characters a special place where they like to go, too. Why deprive them! Such a place can help in character development because likes and dislikes say a lot about a person, including the ones of the people we make up.
We don't all have rooftops to escape, but I just had to include this one.
There are all sorts of possibilities to consider as we climb the stairs of our imaginations and create new worlds to entertain and enchant and hopefully allow our readers to escape into the special place we have created for them with our words.