There is something magical about doors. Perhaps it is because you can imagine what you will find behind the door. Closed doors can prevent you from discovering the mystery on the other side, which is not always a bad thing.  As long as the door is closed, you can imagine whatever you like. And an open door is not always welcoming. Or sometimes it appears to be welcoming, but there is a surprise lurking behind it. Not a pleasant surprise.

Doors make wonderful story starters. Take the door in the photo, for example. It’s open, which I think is one of the reasons why it is a favourite of mine. What do you imagine you will find once you cross the threshold? Is it welcoming? Or threatening? Whose door is this? What brings you to this door? Have you been invited? Have you stumbled upon it by accident? Maybe when you walk through the door, you will walk back in time. The same door. But newer. Shinier. The same door, but a different time.

Another reason why this door is one of my favourites is because I DO know what is behind this door. I have crossed this threshold.But I’m not going to describe any of it for you. I won’t be dropping clues as to what you’ll find, because, where would be the fun in that?

What I will tell you is that whatever you are picturing right now, you are most certainly wrong. It’s not what you would expect, nor what you would imagine.

But go ahead. Walk through the door. It’s open. It’s waiting for you so that the story can begin!




Published by Lois Donovan

Author of historical time travels, THE JOURNAL and WINDS OF L'ACADIE, Lois is in demand as a speaker/presenter at literary conferences and young writers' conferences and teachers conventions. Lois grew up primarily in Riverview, New Brunswick, but has called Calgary home for many years. Currently, Lois enjoys life in Calgary with her husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law.

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