A few things there:

  1. There is a difference between the journeys. Characters journey for different reasons. For example, Ronald B. Tobias outlines five major plot types that could or must involve a journey:
    • Quest. Character-oriented story, the protagonist searches for something and winds up changing him/herself.
    • Adventure. Plot-oriented, this features a goal-oriented series of events.
    • Pursuit. This is the typical Chase Plot. Definitely action-oriented.
    • Rescue. Another easy to recognize action-oriented plot.
    • Escape. A variation on the Rescue is when the protagonist escapes on his/her own.
  2. Your journeying character(s) may encounter different types of people. Try to write those people with some dignity. Check out Gee, I don’t know how to research writing Characters of Color tastefully and Language Creation for some help there.
  3. Don’t forget the DRT formula when thinking about how far, how long, or how fast your character(s) will need to go to achieve your plot.
    "Distance" word problems, often also called "uniform rate" problems, involve something traveling at some fixed and steady ("uniform") pace ("rate" or "speed"), or else moving at some average speed. Whenever you read a problem that involves "how fast", "how far", or "for how long", you should think of the distance equation, d = rt, where d stands for distance, r stands for the (constant or average) rate of speed, and t stands for time. (x)

    Travel takes time, especially across great distances. Bear that in mind as you write, and maybe even do the math to get the distance, time, and rate just right.

Alright, I’ve said my piece. Without further ado, here are some really amazing stories with journeys in them:

Old School:

NOTE: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit are both missing from this list because the anon who requested it mentioned them specifically and asked for books like them.

More Book Lists of Use:

Other Useful Links for You on Plots:

Thank you for your question, and good luck with your story!

-C

What are your favorite books or series that feature a journey?


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