Hi everyone! hysterical-for-joshifer and I decided to switch things up today and post the next chapter here! Again, we are so sorry about posting after Friday but time kind of got away from us both and Allie is still a little under the weather :( thank you for all being so patient and we hope you enjoy this chapter!
“Do you want to go today? It’s probably better if we check as soon as possible. We’ve already waited three weeks.”
Jennifer rolled over and rested her head on Josh’s chest. It had been almost a month since their scandal. A month since Jennifer found out she was pregnant. “I guess so.” She mumbled.
Is impossible to have an interesting story with only one main main character? My MC goes on a journey across the country, alone to reach a certain destination. I don’t know if I should make someone go with him or not. I’m afraid of making too many filler chapters where the MC is alone. I’ve considered having him meet various people and hearing their stories. What do you think?
It’s definitely not impossible, but it’s very unlikely someone could cross an entire country without running into other people. Even in a post-apocalyptic situation, there would still be other people to run into.
There are stories about lone travelers, but what makes them interesting are three things:
1) What’s going on inside their heads as they travel. Most of the time, this ties into the theme as well as the purpose of the journey.
2) Who they run into along the way. Strangers can have a big impact on our lives, both positive and negative. They can do things that affect our journey, like stealing our traveler’s checks and forcing us to re-route our trip to allow for replacing them, or (in a positive light) telling us about a place they visited that we decide to visit instead of some other place. They can do things or tell us things that broaden our experience or that in some way affect the things going on in our heads. They can even just serve as much needed company during lonely stretches.
3) The challenges that crop up which the person must face alone, which are often harrowing and maybe even life threatening, and often serve to give the traveler pause afterward, either causing them to wonder if they’ve made a mistake, forcing them to wrestle with the idea of failure or having to turn back, or simply adding new perspective to their inner conflict.
If you can, try to read some books like Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, or Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Pharr Davis. (Into the Wild and Wild both have movie adaptations as well.) These are all stories of people on long journeys on foot, and they’re great examples of how strangers met on the journey can play a role in a lone traveler’s journey. If you want a road trip example, On the Road by Jack Kerouac is an example.