In story structure, there’s a point when your characters cross the threshold. The moment when they can’t uninitiate the call to action, they can’t go back to the way life was, blissfully ignoring how their lives have changed. How their viewpoint has changed.
It’s hard to tell the call to adventure, “Thanks but no thanks.”
This usually happens around Act 1 and while this is something that focuses on character development, it’s something that happens to authors as well.
I’ve recently crossed that threshold with my new WIP. I’m nearly 1/3 the way in, just crossed the 100-page mark of the story and I find myself completely thrilled with the story, in love with the characters and the words are flowing like the mighty Mississippi.
This is the moment when I’m no longer in control of the story. I’m not driving, I’ve scooted over to the passenger seat. I feel confident to let Elaina (my main character) take the wheel. She’s proven to be smart, sassy and a bit formidable (okay, maybe I’m a little afraid of her).
I think I know where we’re going and while Elaina may take a detour or two on the way, I’m sure we can get there. As long as I trust her. As long as I stay out of her way.
And, as long as I know that the story we’ve created and the secrets we’ve uncovered can never be stuffed back into Pandora’s box.
We’re crested the point of no return. So we soldier on, trusting our only weapon. Words.