IDENTITY lesson

What I learned this summer

I have been blessed to extend my circle of friends and my learning through different adventures this summer. In NYC at the RWA writer’s conference I met a lady Jessie G who writes M&M romance. Something I was surprised to discover when she told me she is married straight woman with children. It takes a skilled writer to be able to emote in the opposite genders viewpoint. So male/male romance as a genre preference was totally unexpected. And She’s good!

The lesson that stands out the most from RWA conference was a lecture I attended given by Michael Hauge. He showed me how to get into a characters mind and deepen my story with three main ingredients. These are just what I gleaned after going back through my notes.

Know your characters’ IDENTITY, by knowing their WOUND/FEAR/ BELIEF/

What is their biggest fear?

What do they believe/ this must be a lie, but they think it to be true and it’s logical

How are they wounded? (This is the inner conflict founded by something in their past)

Perfect example= Shrek

He’s an ogre for Pete’s sake- he shows everyone he’s frightful, strong and mean, by growling, posting keep away signs and frightening anyone who comes near.(MASK)

Shrek’s biggest (FEAR) is he will never find love/He’s not worthy

He (BELIEVES) if anyone does get close they will run away(Logical because his whole life people have) Scene: When he was only a child his first friend ran away when told he couldn’t like an ogre or have one for a friend.(WOUND)

To keep from facing the fear that no one will find him worthy of love- he portrays the evil ogre so no one can get close enough to find out who he truly is. Which is his ESSENCE= loveable true and loyal friend.

The identity is: the mask used in the real world to protect him from his biggest FEAR, which grows from the BELIEF, created by the WOUND that happened long long ago.

So that short lesson showed me more about character development than any other I’ve read or heard. Now I am going through my characters and making myself define their FEAR/WOUND/ BELIEF to flesh out their identities.

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There is always more. More to write, more to learn and more to focus on. Last night I was woke with a dream. I had been contemplating a story line in a futuristic novel I am writing and I couldn’t get it out of my head. So at 3:45 am I took a pen and scribbled some of the things I could remember from the dream.

In the dystopian society  of 2250, it all came into place. Library’s, knowledge and communication as we know it is a thing of the past. Because survival took front stage after the devastation of the planet. Obesity and disease were gone, only the strong could survive.  But how did the world recoup from the Wars?

I have an idea a what if… an inkling of how and who was paramount to the remapping and renewing of the society.

Now to get it all down, that is the struggle. I had to record it somewhere, Trey Rockefeller ancestor of the family in old NYC could work. But the twist? There are several Dome city’s across the globe and he was involved in raising them all. Why? That is another twist to be revealed in a future book in the series of the world I am creating.

Book one I believe will be called the History Tellers.