Saturday, February 13, 2010

Golden Advice -- Conflict resolution

I'm back with more golden advice this week. I'm busy this week so this entry will be really short. This week, the golden rule -- to do unto to others as you would have them do to you -- is analogous to conflict resolution. The journey to resolution begins with your main character and how they are damaged.

In novels, missing the mark is important. You must crack that hero, send in flaws, and befuddle him or her with contradictions. I think it so important that we understand what makes our characters weak. How are they sinners? What are their fatal flaws?

If you understand this, your book is already better. An effective hero's journey for the main character involves that character becoming self aware of personal flaws. Then the main character must learn to respond to those around in him in light of the self discovery. Developing a empathic character is important. Creating a character who must change is absolutely necessary for meaningful stories.

I hope these little thoughts get you moving with your story. See you next week.

Here is the doodle for the week: "Window"

The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles. Mahatma Gandhi


jesse joshua watson said...

Excellent. Love the quote. Wow.

MollyMom103 said...

I love the quote too. m