Hello friends. Thank you so much for all the support and concern you have offered over the last month. Our amazing, awesome-sauce, beautiful, smart daughter is healing physically. The emotional and mental stuff is gonna take time. Either way, we are here for her no matter what. And…you have all been here for me. My heart is full from all of your support, kindness, and prayers, but it is time to get back to life as we know it. Shall we? Duh, yes.
You know how to prepare for this. Let’s go fill those cuppas, grab a favorite nibble and dig around for our copies of The Anatomy of Story by John Truby. I found mine under weeks of junk mail and piles of ‘I’ll take care of that later’ crap. It is now ‘later,’ and I must deal with it all. Thank God I have a shredder. LOL Gather your things and meet me out on the reading rug. We left off on page 114.
The Hero’s Moral Decision
The hero’s moral development is marked by bookends. These are where the hero starts to where they have their self-revelation at or near the completion of the story. This tracks the fundamental moral lesson of your hero.
To make these bookends more powerful, ensure your hero has at least one notable flaw at the opening of your storyline. This should be something that can bring out the worst in them. The line, he/she/they must get worse to get better, is where you need to work from. Change comes down to them making a choice in the way they act.
No matter how your story flows, over the course of the storyline, your character must grow to reach the end goal, the final decision on their growth from page one until that very moment. Think of it like a funnel. The beginning is wide open and can take a ton of information and decisions. As your words move further down the funnel, they must become more focused on the end goal until the final choice is made.
The great final choice your hero must make has to be the self-revelation.
Key Point: Since the endpoint of the hero’s moral line is his final choice, you want to begin figuring out the moral opposite using that choice. Example: To kill or not to kill.
The power in a single choice…
- Your ex shows up on your doorstep. You can either open the door or walk away. Either way, it will change your life.
- You are accepted into 2 colleges. The choice you make can and will change your life.
- You witness a crime. Do you go to the police or pretend you never knew?
Choices are a powerful thing. We think the little things don’t matter but they do. Think about all the choices you have made today. If you had chosen something else, how would it have changed your day?
I know this is short, but I am trying to get back into the swing of things. Stay with me. Up next we will look at Characters as Variations on a Theme. Wha…?! No clue. I guess that’s why we are taking this journey together.
P.S. I received my first Covid-19 shot!!
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