If you’ve drop by looking for my Passion for Poetry post, you’ll have to be patient. It’s that time of the month again. No, not that time of the month, time for the AW blog chain. This one is speeding right along so today’s post is my link in the chain and I’ll do the poetry on Friday and the serial installment on Saturday. Why yes, it does mean I’ll have an extra day to work on them both. :-)
Today’s question is brought to me by Errantruth, who asks: When you look at the world, what do you see as the key motivating forces behind people’s actions, and when you look at your writing, do your characters’ motivations match these? If no, why do you feel there’s a difference––is there a question you’re resolving through your work, or is it the specifics of those particular motivations which calls you more?
Maybe I’m just being cynical, but when I look at the world around me I see greed and the pursuit of the almighty dollar as the key motivating forces behind people. No matter how much people have, they never seem satisfied - they always want more.
As for my characters . . . I don’t think there’s ever escaping greed as a motivating factor, at least as far as the villains go. But let’s not forget jealously and revenge either. I like to think that my heros are motivated more by love and honour, with a little bit of justice thrown in, but let’s face it, a perfect hero is a boring hero, so a little bit of the darker motivations sneak in there as well.
Why do I feel there’s a difference? Mainly it’s the difference between fantasy and reality. I’m in total control of the worlds I create. I can give my characters noble reasons for doing the things they do, or not, as the mood strikes me. And if I don’t like the way things are going, I can change it. Unfortunately there’s no rewrites in real life. Maybe we’d be better off if there were.
My stories tend to be character-driven, so my characters motivations play a big part in where the story goes. If they didn't have strong motivation to do the things they do, the story itself would would be weak and, ultimately, fail.
Thanks for the intriguing question, Errantruth! Check out the rest of the blog chain here:
Next in line is Proach and my question to her is:
If you hadn’t received a Bachelor’s degree in History, do you think you’d still write historical fiction? Why or why not? And how do you reconcile working as a freelancer in today’s world with writing historical fiction?