You can find your main theme imbedded within your protagonist’s character arc. You can then develop that theme by exploring both sides of the theme through other characters’ arcs, subplots, advice, and examples.
…But structure, when used simply as a shortcut can become a lock on our creativity…
Photo Credit: EmotionallyVague.com Parent. Love interest. Best friend. Rival. You main character will react differently to anger depending on the nature of the relationship she is in – and the nature of the other person. Luckily for the writer, within the relationship these reactions are consistent across time (until one character decides to change). Anger […]
Photo Credit: Pinterest I am going to introduce the Viper and the Ostrich. These are my (impromptu) names for two opposing anger management styles. It might help you, as you develop your characters, to consider them at two ends of a spectrum of dysfunctional styles. Both feel anger and react to it but […]
(Photo Credit: Pinterest Verbal fight scenes can be enhanced by the view-point character’s anger (short-term, of course, but often also long-term anger), her anger management style, and the anger patterns in that relationship. Anger is an emotional reaction to a problem. In earlier posts, we looked at many situations and issues that can trigger anger. […]
Photo Credit: burge If you want, your character can become a catalyst of change for other characters. When your protagonist acts to change, the characters closest to her will react (if they react like real people, that is). Since your character is in many types of relationships, you might want to show your readers […]
Photo Credit: Doranda We’ve established that anger is an emotion that sends the message to the writer that “something is wrong” in the life of the character. When that “something” stunts our character’s competence, self-expression, or personal growth then we have the makings of a character arc. Here is one example of an arc […]