What role does a secret agenda play in storytelling? I've felt my stories pulling in two directions- the story's undertow and my own sense of direction. What do I mean by secret agendas? Simple ones such as I like my heroines to rescue themselves. I want them powerful enough to take care of themselves. Then the more subtle messages, how people with differences are treated. And playing with the master narrative, where, traditionally, a hero surmounts barriers to achieve a internal and external goal. I learned about an alternative narrative, the so-called female narrative where goals are achieved through unions (classic happily ever after tales). I have questions about how we resist that narrative, yet perhaps need it. Overthinking? Yes indeed.
What if I let go? What if I don't agree with a story, with a character's choices, with the message left behind? Am I the navigator or a passenger along for the ride?
Sounds like fun. Perhaps I will let go. Perhaps the story will fly. Rescues and all :)