A few years ago I happened upon the writing tip of giving conflicts to your main character. Some authors suggest torturing them, to force them outside of their safe zones they’ve built in their life.
You don’t do this just out of some twisted cruelty…well, maybe some authors do that, but there is a good reason you add problems for the character-
TO MAKE THEM GROW.
You want them to learn and evolve through the story. You give them hardships like a blacksmith uses heat and a whetstone, to sharpen the edge.
This hit me hard in my real life. As much as I try to avoid problems and hardship, it just never occurred to me that if I were a character in a story, my story would be boring.
Heroes face the problem. They deal with it. They take on the problem and find a solutions.
When this concept worked its way into my own reality, I found catharsis to see myself as a character in my own story. Life gives you conflict…that is quite literally what Life is about. Well, the ups and downs. But it is those downs that provide the strongest, life-changing lessons.
Instead of avoiding problems, I should focus on finding solutions to problems. That’s what heroes do, right?
Writing can teach us as much of ourselves as we’re trying to provide entertaining and education to our readers.
What lessons have you learned in your writing journey? Post in comments.