“The mountains are calling & I must go & I will work on while I can, studying incessantly.” – John Muir
Often, I hear this quote as “Adventure is calling and I must go”. Which is a fair rendition of the original quote. Though I do prefer the original. I live in the mountains, and the sentiment behind Muir’s words resonates with me.
Today, however, I’m focusing on the call to adventure. In writing, authors often follow the hero’s quest, which is a long-winded sketch of how a story should play out. You see it all the time in movies, and while it might not be as obvious in books, it’s there. Among the first things to happen is the call to adventure.
The hero or heroine is faced with a problem that only they can solve.
What do they do? Will they answer the call?
Sometimes they deny the call, bad things happen, and they get a second chance to make things right.
Every time I begin a new story, I feel the call of adventure thrumming in my veins. I’m helpless in the onslaught of thought and must prepare the way for my characters to take the stage. Their adventures become my own, and for several months, I live and breathe their lives on the page. It’s a strange feeling to become so connected with fictional people.
The call to adventure might be subtle.
Or it might come crashing down with the grace of a mudslide and encapsulate the characters in a mire of problems.
Either way, they must choose their path.
Just as we choose our path.
Like the steps carved into the rock in this picture, sometimes our path is clearly marked. Other times, we search to no avail and find ourselves lost in the woods. As an author, as a human, I rely on God to show me the way. It isn’t always easy. Answers don’t always arrive when I want them to, nor do they always say what I want.
But we must keep pressing on.
Have you ever been held back from answering your call to adventure?