A woman decides to walk out of a party (and kiss) a stranger.
A man vows revenge.
A woman decides to uproot her life and move 1/2 way across the country.
A man decides he needs a fake fiance.
A woman agrees to be a man's fake fiance.
A man quits his job.
A woman decides to go to a costume party and winds up in the supply closet with a stranger when she's never, ever done anything like that before.
Why? The question to ask yourself is always why? "Because" is never good enough. "I don't know" means the writer definitely needs to think about it. "Just because" is a red flagger to. People are creatures of habit. We don't really change that much and when we do. I mean, think about hairstyles and what it takes to make most people even change that, or smoking or even biting your nails. So dumping your entire life to pack up everything and move across across the country to start over with nothing in a place you don't know anybody.... What would prompt you to do that?
Motivation is what tells the reader why. It's what puts logic and emotion behind your character's actions. It's part of the triad (Goal, Motivation, Conflict) that makes your character someone the reader can invest in, relate to, understand, and cheer on.
Don't skimp on motivation otherwise the reader reacts like I did last night while reading a few stories: What the @#$% is s/he doing? Why is s/he doing this?! What the!!!!!???? This makes no sense. I'm so confused!
You want your reader to be intrigued and excited and interested. You want the to want to turn the page and spend more time with your characters. And for that the reader has to understand why your characters do what they do. Characters can get away with just about anything as long as its properly motivated.
Got motivation questions? Holler.
A man looks like a hollow tin chest dummy, another hologram?, like the ones contrived in other characters.
A woman can't even visualize him he's stayed out so long, he moved away many mos ago.
Things have already been proven something they're not to naked eye-disconcerting-so the breaking down to get through to the woman only eventually meant including whatever trust was there to lean against.
Two men in that scenario both look like possible contrived characters, but one more real and ew, maybe married, maybe put there by the stranger?--too many crazy stories floating out in the confusing instead of headon truth.:( The woman can face truths, hard or not.*g*
Party over:( though, sorry. I'm sorry.
No rational man in his right mind dates a girl he could confuse so bad even in all the trappings of a thousand crazy contrived stories, only ending up to feel more like a game, one big game.
A confused woman shouldn't either date or look to a gaming scenario to do it.
Revenge is fine, lottta that going around.
Nicer just to be left alone for a change though.
A woman wants to write here, from here, but instead, is swallowed up by personal prying chatter so that eventually the only writing going on seems At her.
Boy the woman misses politics, just an ordinary day in politics but well, maybe things have changed around here, who knows anything anymore.
Can't we stop talking about a man and a woman during this time? :(
The woman isn't looking for a new writing home, she's a woman, not a stray puppy. :)
But this's getting old :(, some normalcy back please.
What about adding some element like can be found in other forums-besides all the shit about the woman, lol.
The woman is really tiring of talking about herself one moment. Lol She is probably a little quirky in resistance to too much attention.
Jewels, are you thumbing at my 'dude' now? :lol: Wow, people really mark my words here, sheesh. :P
Well, it may not be a very exciting turn of plot point but in the interest of sensibility, safety, *clarity* and rationale in a very fuzzied coming to seem pretty clearly to sit with the self, the ground up.:) That is, it may not be exciting for the reader, but it is for me, I feel better, relief.:) Good clear, well, clearer days. Today is a pretty great day just with little ol' me. :D