by Ash Krafton
We walk through doorways every day. Sometimes, we don’t pay any attention to them as we go. Sometimes, we stumble through and curse them for tripping us up. Sometimes, we put great effort into opening certain doors wide enough to squeeze through, only to have them slam shut behind us again.
In the art of storytelling, a “doorway” refers to a place in the story at which point there is no way for the character to go back and alter their course. It’s a point of no return.
Sometimes the character makes the choice to pass through a doorway. Sometimes, the choice is made for them.
Life itself is a series of doorways–a string of rite-of-passage moments that connect the chapters of our lives like boxcars in a train. Like trains, life is often full speed ahead with no reverse. Only the doorways keep us from losing ground.
Doorways: Three Tales of No Going Back is a short story collection. Each tale depicts a doorway through which no character can ever return.
Cross the thresholds with them.
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