Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I just got back from a two week trip to England, Wales, and Ireland. It was wonderful and exhausting. And impacted my way of thinking. Not hugely mind you, it wasn't a strange planet I went to after all-- but it did change my own personal world view. It's not something major, but just another bit of fluff that modifies how I react to the world.
Any trip can have an impact on someone...a four day writer's conference, a family reunion, a two week trip to England. Yet some authors forget this. Especially in genre fiction, there is usually a heck of a lot of "things" going on- MAJOR things far bigger than a "trip across the pond". And yet ofttimes there is little to no change in the protagonist's view. They still think the same, react the same, etc.
One of the reasons I loved the tv show Farscape (and there are many many reasons- go watch it!) was the way the main character, John, changed because of what happened to him. As the series progressed his world view changed, his reactions changed- and we saw it.
The same has to happen with your characters. The reader has to see that whatever has happened to them- is changing who they are. Even in third person the reader gets a feel for the character's head...and that head shouldn't be the same at the end of the book as it was in the beginning...or the middle.
A few photos of the trip- what would change your character?