The idea of life as a story and of the story as a journey seems to be hard-wired into our consciousness and culture, which is why this book is called The Road to Somewhere. Thousands of years ago, most human beings gave up the nomadic hunter-gatherer life and settled into villages, but perhaps old memories of walking from place to place, of owning nowhere yet belonging everywhere, are still locked into the synapses of our brains. Like dogs, whose legs twitch as they run in dreams, so we still wander the world, the imaginary universe, in our stories of journeys. Each of us must find our own way to the art of writing — to the voice that is ours alone. But writing is a practical craft as well as an art, and like all crafts, it can be learned, given time, effort and motivation.
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