Continuing with this month's A to Z Challenge, I have chosen K.M. Weiland's post "The Lie Your Character Believes" for the letter "L." This is one of my favorite posts on writing, so I feel I must share her genius. For the full article, read here: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2014/02/character-arcs-2.html
"The lie your character believes is the foundation for his character arc. This is what's wrong in his world. Once you know what's wrong, you then get to set about figuring out how to make it right."
I have a few lies to share. This first lie is found in my debut novel, Free Runner, (Saguaro Books 2014). 14 yr old free runner/surfer Cam believes life was better back home and wants nothing more than to return to Southern California. He is
convinced their move to London is part of his father's selfish agenda.
A 13 yr old boy believes he only needs one friend in life--his sidekick, Tommy. He also believes his arch nemesis, a cute green-eyed girl he nicknamed Snake Eyes, hates his guts.
Wrong again. He will be shocked to find out the truth. :)
In one sentence, tell me the lie, in your published novel or in your WIP, that your character believes. Or maybe you have a favorite t.v. series or a movie that has a great lie that motivates the MC. Remember, the lie will turn out to be false and he will come to grips with the reality at some point in the latter part of the novel/show. You don't have to convince me of the lie, just your character.
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