Ding, Ding, Ding!
That was a bell going off in my head after I read a recent post on Writers Helping Writers.
I’ve read many books and blogs on writing. Lots of them talk about understanding what makes the protagonist tick. What secret from their past bent their life?
After all, we are all a product of our environment. Right? Well, our characters are just like us. They too are bent by their childhood, relationships and traumas. But how do you show that? By figuring out what made them the way they are.
I know it sounds about as easy as becoming a rocket scientist. But stay with me.
This post below gave me insight into how to uncover secrets about my protagonist but, most important how to use them to tell her story.
Lisa Cron gives 3 simple steps to help us break down our main character’s beliefs. So I took those steps and this is what I did. Be sure and click on the link below, read Ms. Cron’s article for
So after following her steps I had a breakthrough with my WIP. Here is a brief glimpse of how I used her 3 step method.
- #1: I sat down and thought about something she believed that could be wrong. When did this belief start? What happened to make her believe this way? How has this belief led to problems? Have her beliefs proved false?
- #2: Jotted down times when her beliefs led her astray. When they tangled up her life and how I could incorporate these events into the story.
- #3: Then I wrote a short scene that started her on her road to believing and behaving the way she does. (Now I doubt I will use this scene in its entirety but bits and pieces may show up in other scenes. What it did do was help me flesh out my protagonist.)
Be sure and click on the link at the bottom of this post and read Ms. Cron’s article for the entire picture. You’ll be glad you did.