but I think it might involve writing more stories.
Like, Owen Harper on a rooftop was helpful. But a random person just saying to think about a hot cup of tea is really unlikely to be helpful. You kind of have to go on that whole journey through some very dark places to get to where it matters when he says maybe, just maybe, there's a light.
But it's difficult thinking how to put a story together. Like, I can remember feeling bad, and on the bad days that's most of what I can remember, but then I don't feel so bad any more. As just a thing that happened over time. Like, there's not a magic sword I can pass on. Just... I don't know, standing with Jack up on a rooftop waiting for a sunrise. Things get better. And just saying that doesn't seem terribly helpful when they are not in fact currently better.
It also matters that these people matter before they say the encouraging hopeful thing. I mean, the difference between some random officer and Aragorn is we've followed Aragorn halfway across their world and seen all the places he's been and the things he's done, so if he says to stand and have some hope, he knows of what he speaks.
Being a random person on the internet who sees someone having a bad night and wants to say something encouraging cannot have quite the same emotional heft.
Even if I ever could think of something helpful to say.
So if I'm going to be helpful, I have to think of a story full of characters a reader can identify with and or look up to as they go through the toughest stuff and survive.
... well it's good to have goals...
But also they don't necessarily need a big speech, they just need someone reaching out and saying we can get through this. And it being true.
So identifiable characters, metaphor demons of identifiable problems, and solutions that involve the power of friendship and stubborn free will.
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