What does it take to tell an adventure story? So many great writers and hopeful adventurers have set out to travel, hoping that might help. Does it? Can you choose to set out on an adventure, and if you do, will that make a good story? I talked with author Max Dubinski to find out.

How to Tell an Adventure Story: Max Dubinski

My new book, Crowdsourcing Paris, was just published, and Max had a huge influence on it (in fact, he's in the opening line!). You can read about how I chased adventure when you get your copy here.

In this episode of Character Test, I talk with an author familiar with travel about what it truly takes for us to find adventure and live amazing stories.

Max Dubinski is the author of the graphic novel Dislocated. He’s best known for his short fiction, which you can find in the Longleaf Review, Outlook Springs, and McSweeny’s.

A few years ago, Max realized he was stuck. So he packed his life into his car and left on a yearlong road trip looking for . . . something. On the way, he met a girl in Ohio, and before the year was over, they got married on a mountain in Colorado.

In fact, Max’s journey had a significant influence on my own experience in Paris. I told him about my idea for Crowdsourcing Paris before I left—and he completely ruined my plans.

Listen to our conversation on the podcast on Apple PodcastsAndroidSpotifyStitcherSimpleCast, or here below:

Why do we love travel? What makes it a good story? In this episode, we talk about how travel and adventure can change your life, including:

  • Why Max decided to leave his life behind to travel for a year
  • Why at first he didn’t find adventure, and the challenge he needed to fix it
  • Why discomfort is actually a good thing
  • How Max keeps traveling now, even with a family and a busy life
  • Why the safest route might not be the best one

You can find Max on his website, maxandrewdubinsky.com, as well as on Instagram and Twitter. You can find his books here.


What’s a moment that you’ve been uncomfortable? Take fifteen minutes to write about that experience. How did that discomfort challenge you? And what did you do with that?

When you’re done, share your writing in the comments below, and don’t forget to leave feedback for your fellow writers!

Joe Bunting is an author and the leader of The Write Practice community. He is also the author of the new book Crowdsourcing Paris, a real life adventure story set in France. It was a #1 New Release on Amazon. Follow him on Instagram (@jhbunting).

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