What do you know about disconnection? The unfulfilled longing to belong?
I’m writing on the fly for my newest story on Wattpad.
This is both fun and frightening. I am only one step ahead of my audience. When an issue like loneliness comes up for the characters, I have to think quickly about my experience with it, all the different kinds, how it is going to play out for my characters.
The Protagonist is left in a house all by herself. She is given a task with minimal instruction. She has a limited experience with society which makes the departure of all the people she does know very traumatic.
She seeks out companionship and finds a castle full of people she can’t deal with. One of them brings her back to the house. She hopes they will stay. I found out yesterday that her companion will die.
Grief is the most profound loneliness. That which filled ones life, and it didn’t have to be with joy all the time, is no more. The hole echos with memories. Our souls are attuned to vibrations of a soul removed. Belonging is shifted. The effort to find a new place to belong is hampered by the loss of inertia that comes with grief.
Kings are lonely on their thrones, slaves are lonely in their dungeons. People with 1000 friends on social media despair in their empty living rooms. There is no doubt isolation is an epidemic for all human geographic groups.
Who will save us from this body of death?