Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day for Your Charactera: Memory and Loss

Happy Memorial Day! In the U.S., the last Monday of May is the unofficial start of summer. Officially, it's a time to recognize the sacrifices of veterans and all of those we have lost. It's a time to remember and recognize the past.

It's also a good time to think about what motivates your characters. All great characters are motivated by loss and fear of loss, from Charles Foster Kane and Rosebud to Harry Potter and his parents.

Ask yourself:

  • What memories do your characters hold closest? 
  • Which do they try to forget?
  • What losses have they faced in their life that shaped them?
  • What do they fear to lose most?

Enjoy your parades and barbecues. Maybe enjoy an extra writing day! Remember and celebrate, and have a happy weekend.

Belmar beach after Hurrican Sandy, when the boardwalk was destroyed and many homes and businesses were damaged. This weekend the beach and boardwalk reopened, thanks to the efforts of community, federal and state agencies, and many other supporters.

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