One more day, one more task, one step closer…
Today was another day on the world stage, and with the world as audience my characters play their part. The great question in my mind today as director is this. As the story plays itself out, how will the world respond? Will they happily receive truth or reject it? Will they embrace a discovery that threatens their own personal kingdoms, or will they reject it with every resource they possess?
As with yesterday’s task, I’m reminded that life doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The chasing of dreams is carried out on the world stage. The world will always respond, even if that response is to ignore our dreams and take no notice of us. Why is that? Because on this stage, the world is not merely an audience, and as Shakespeare said, “all the men and women (are) merely players”. The key truth at its most simplistic is this. Our actions effect others.
If we begin here, then we can ask the obvious question. How?
This leads us into very fertile creative territory. It is a harvest of discovery that is waiting for us to reap it. Who would care about this activity? How many people would it impact and in what way? Would they embrace or oppose this? Is it hidden from the world? What happens if they begin to suspect? How long will they wait before they act? How far will they let it progress before they feel elation and want to get involved, or begin to fear and seek to end it? How many people would get involved? Those few questions there should be enough to give you an idea of what life is like for characters on the world stage. Again, it’s like life!
So the world’s denizens become yet another character in my story, not as individuals, but as groups with shared ideals, concerns and goals that may or may not coincide with my main characters. That interaction is part of the story and a satisfying catalyst to action. So, as you chase your dreams and your characters chase theirs, who are you effecting? What is their likely response? What is pushing too far? When will they respond, how, and to what degree? Is the dream worth persevering through opposition for? How much opposition will you put up with? How will you respond?
haha! I’ll stop there knowing that the questions will keep flowing if I allow them to. So, remember, for good or ill, as our actions effect others, so to do the actions of our characters in their respective worlds. How will the world respond?
This post is part of a series of posts chronicling my walk through Michael Stackpole’s 21 Days to a Novel. For anyone interested in more information about this method of preparing yourself to begin writing, you can find it here at his website. The workshop was a timely help to me, and thus far the exercises have been an incredible aid.