Thursday, January 20, 2011

Back on the Blog Chain: Biggest Fear

This round, Christine challenges us to get to know our characters more deeply with the following question:

What is the main character of you current WiP MOST afraid of, and why? Don't use a previously finished work. This is all about discovering the inner motivations of your current characters - the ones you don't know that well yet.


I'm not sure what approach to take with this question, as I'm currently revising two finished stories and researching another idea that's so new I only have a couple ideas of what the MC will be like. At this point, all I know is that my heroine's name will probably be Lillian, she's an artist living in a small Midwestern town at the turn of the century, and she fears losing her freedom in marriage. All of the preceding is subject to change without notice. Perhaps it would be best to return to my NaNoWriMo project, even though that's a sequel to a finished story and uses the same MC at a different point in his life. In Catalyst in the Crucible, Paul is most afraid of losing the ones he loves. He lost his mother in Across Two Universes and still occasionally blames himself for her death. Now, some of his actions in Across Two Universes have triggered events that threaten everyone. I don't think I can say much more without going into spoilers.

Check out what Kat said before me and what Kate has to add!

8 comments:

Christine Fonseca said...

Nice...the series sounds great. And guilt is a great trigger, I think, for the way a character will act.

Eric said...

Very nice. That's a common fear (though I don't understand it myself) for women I guess. Of course, I'm not much of a controller when it comes to my marriage either.

Michelle H. said...

Guilt as fear can lead to some interesting stories. The series sounds like a humdinger!

Barbara Ann Wright said...

What do you like to do when brainstorming such questions? Have pen and paper ready? Lurk at your keyboard? Take a walk? I listen to loud music and do some sort of exercise.

writerchick6 said...

I'm in the same position of not knowing what to share. Your character has good motivation.

Cole Gibsen said...

Guilt is not only a fear most people can relate to, but it's also one heck of a motivator!

Shaun Hutchinson said...

Guilt is a great fear! Guilt makes people do some crazy stuff!

lbdiamond said...

Oooh, multiple projects!!! So hard to choose sometimes.

The fear of loss is certainly a big motivator. Nice post!

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