Are you a pivotal character in your own destiny?
Pivotal Character. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a novel, a memoir, a how-to book, a play, or a screenplay, your must first understand the meaning of a pivotal chracter.
A Pivotal Character – Real or Imaginary?
A pivotal character, according to any dictionary or reference source in the writing arena is defined as someone who takes the lead in any movement or cause. Further, a pivotal character is the one person who creates conflict and makes any story or life situation move forward.
Is there a pivotal character in your life?
Do you know anyone in your life who creates conflict? You might not be laughing at that question, but there are two types of people in the real world who are also in the “book” or “movie” world…those who KNOW what they want, and those who don’t know what they want. The pivotal character is definitely someone who knows what he wants, and he will stop at nothing to get it!
In the world of writing, if the author doesn’t introduce a pivotal character, there’s no story!
The goal of a pivotal character…in a book and in true life
Read this next sentence, and then read it again. It contains the secret to publishing success and to success in your own life and destiny. Here it comes. Ready?
Every person (pivotal character) must always want something more than anything else in life. That pivotal character must have something that is extremely vital at stake that he strives to conquer or overcome to get what he wants.
Pivotal Characters Know What They Want and Will Stop at Nothing To Get It
Are you a pivotal character, or do you let others dominate your life? If your fear is greater than your desire, or if you’ve lost your passion somewhere due to a person you allowed to be your dream killer, or your nature doesn’t permit you to oppose anyone who challenges your patience, then you’re most likely not a pivotal character.
A further description of a pivotal character
Even though this next statement of mine could possibly resemble a true-life scenario, in the world of writing, you can always count on a pivotal character being purposefully aggressive, uncompromising, and sometimes ruthless…especially if you stand in the path of that person’s goal or success.
In college, I remember that we had to read, analyze and dissect the book, A Doll’s House. In that story, Krogstad insisted on his family’s rehabilitation, which almost drove Nora to suicide. Without waving any flags and sounding the trumpets, he, indeed, was the pivotal character in that novel.
In conclusion, you are responsible for your own destiny. When writing a book, you are responsible for creating a pivotal character. In life, a pivotal character is the driving force toward achieving the goal. Push forward andyou will succeed. Do nothing and you will soon become a negative factor in blaming others for your defeat.
My question to you is: What kind of character are you, and what kind of character have you created in your book? Let’s talk about your pivotal character!