Hello writers I'm grappling with an idea and would love to pick the collective WF brain for some help in the development process. Basically I have a character in mind who has lived her life a certain way, with a certain world-view, and has over a period leading up to the point in her life where the story commences been experiencing increasing disquiet, stemming from a growing sense that the world is not as she has perceived it to be. She eventually comes to the inescapable realisation that she has been living a lie, and she is shaken to the core, the very foundations of her life just crumble. She then has to sort through the wreckage and pick up the pieces of her life - the mental image I have is standing amid the rubble (metaphorically speaking) and staring her right in the face is the question, "what now?" Where do you go from such a comfortless place, what do you do when everything familiar is gone? She is at a total loss, but out of the ashes will rise the phoenix so to speak and it ultimately becomes a transformative experience for her. She battles the temptation to bury her knowledge and run back to the lie, because it's familiar and comfortable, it's like home; but the truth won't be ignored. After a period of uncertainty, with emotions such as grief, anger, pain and sadness, she emerges with clarity that she's never had before - an ability to see herself for who and what she is, to realise her strength and courage, and to live her life to fullest. In a nutshell, the lie has been holding her back for all her life and clouding her vision of herself and the world around her, her potential and her place in that world. She has believed herself to be less than she really is, and possibly the lie by its nature has in some way incriminated her (in her own mind if not the minds of others) and caused her to carry guilt that isn't hers to bear. When she finally throws off that mantle - letting go of all the hurt, all the misdirected guilt - she is truly free. Words like vindication and catharsis come to mind here, perhaps as central themes. I don't want it to be a telling of events per se, more an emotional journey, a picture of the metamorphosis that occurs when we're faced with major life changes. I do need to have a clear plot in mind though, a sequence of events that provide the catalyst for that emotional change, and that is what I'm struggling with. I can't come up with a physical sequence of events, or what the 'lie' could be, to illustrate the emotional story I can see so clearly. So in summary, I would love to hear any thoughts on this. Am I overthinking this? Have I gone about it backwards? Or... do you have any ideas for a relatable and credible metaphor for the emotional journey I want to describe?