Setting your character in motion

There is nothing, absolutely nothing in my suggestions about how to heal and move forward that are not applicable to the question of becoming an awake, aware, adult human being, both strong and loving.  So we can concentrate on the root, and still feed the flowering.

But it also relates to the “Lifewriting” concept:

  1. to use the simplest possible plot structure that also applies to our lives
  2. to apply the same principles of characterization to our characters and ourselves.
  3. To look at our own life concerns, solved or not, and make them the basis of issues your characters are dealing with.  In that way, everything you learn in life makes you a better writer, and everything you write makes you a better person.

If you wanted to write about a human being who sought enlightenment, you would need, then, to:

  1. Have a clear definition of the end state goal (difficult. Words don’t quite contain it)
  2. Know where the person is currently on their journey.
  3. Give them a compulsive need to seek that state.

Let’s back up.  What if they “merely” wished to achieve that “awake, aware adult” state?

Very similar.

  1. Define the end point.   A state of taking personal responsibility for emotions and actions.  To sort through childhood programming and remove anything you would not have deliberately inserted into your biocomputer.  To love Self, and extend that love and compassion to others. To be responsible for your own security, to the limits of physical capacity.  To be willing to speak your truth.
  2. Where is the character currently?  This is the fun part: simply choose one or more of the above defined end points and screw them up.   Your character is dishonest with themselves. Fearful and petty. Still driven by childhood or social programming, or conflicted programming.   Blames others for their emotions and actions.
  3. Create motivation. They must fail, big time.  Be “confronted with a challenge” they cannot ignore, no matter how desperately they wish to.  They MUST act. The action will require them to expand their view of themselves, or their world.  They CANNOT meet the challenge being who they currently are.

Throw them out into the world with that confusion and total motivation, and see what happens.  If they aren’t motivated enough…dig deeper.   Audiences want a character who is dancing on the tightrope, fearful but unable to turn back, determined enough to risk everything…including their egos…to achieve their goals.

Now you’ve got a story.



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