The basis of the Hero’s Journey, the overarching theme is: Transformation.
This could be applied both in fiction and in real life.
I’ve read that there are multiple stages one needs to go through to complete the process, and while I agree with most of them, I don’t think they could be applied to all stories; especially in real life.
Why do I say that?
Not everyone completes the hero’s journey. There are some of us who remains stagnate; stuck in a rut, or in one place.
No growth is taking place.
This could also be called a Tragedy.
I believe that most writers would love to think themselves as “heroes.” No one wants to be remembered as a coward, or some poor tragic soul who fell short of realizing dreams and aspirations.
As I’m approaching my mid-40s, I’m growing increasingly afraid of ending up like that tragic soul. Perhaps I’m being narrow-minded, or tunnel-visioned, but I feel like I’m missing out on something crucial on my journey as a writer, and as a person. This whole past year I felt like I’ve had no growth as a writer. Granted, things have been a bit crazy with the move and all.
Now that we’re in yet another new year, I’m experiencing this growing sense that time is running short. I really hate that feeling. I get it every year; especially the past few years.
Or, maybe I’m just being too hyper-aware of everything.