Who would you be in a story?
All stories have some sort of truth to them one way or another. A real place; a headline story that sparked an idea; a real person being observed from across the room; a memory; a critical point in history; a mixture of any or all the above. Stories also have conflict. The main ideas for these we learn early on in school; man versus self, man versus man, and man versus nature. No matter how you look at it, there are simple parts of pieces and pieces of parts that mold different stories – even the most unique and intriguing. It has been said, there is no original storyline. They have all been told… unless it is your own.
You may feel that someone else has had a story a lot like yours, but it is never exactly the same. You may feel that some story lines have been beaten into the ground and it’s the “same old, same old.” But there are different twists to each piece, character, and place. Look at Star Wars and Robin Hood. Two different genres (sci-fi and historical) yet each generation see spoofs, storylines inspired by simple parts or themes, and they live to inspire more. Think of how many different ideas were spawned from The Lord of the Rings. How many different ways to people see elves, rangers, and strive to be them in role playing games, video games, plays, movies, or just their own imagination.
The real question is, if you could be any character in a story, anyone at all, and could chose who your counter-part, villain, and goals were, what would you create? Myself, I always wanted to be the hero or friend that helped stop abuse. I wanted to help someone build their confidence to get out of a relationship that killed them a little more each day until they were so beaten down and weak, they felt enslaved to it and its darkness with no hope for a brighter future. What would your story be? Give me a brief description, and it could be in my next book. You get to choose the name, the look, the style of clothes, the lifestyle background and the goal of where the story goes.
Email me by October 31, 2011 with your ideas at AndiPray@gmail.com with “Story Character Contest” in the subject field. Have fun with it, and look forward to seeing what you come up with.