In life, you want to win. In writing, you want the best storyline. Look at Stephen King, for example, all his stories are filled with horror, murder, rape, romance, crisis. His life has none of that shit. He has a family, a wife and two children and he’s an overall mild-mannered guy. It’s part of why people love him and his work.
That’s how you want to live your life, maybe you’re adventurous, maybe you like danger and uncertainty. Nothing wrong with that; in fact, it can fuel your writing tremendously. But, it comes to the point where you have to distinguish between where story and winning take place.
Winning as in making the right decisions in your life, storyline in having your characters make the wrong decisions in theirs. So many of the facets in our lives are about having the best storyline rather than going out there in winning. We say we want to be famous, we say we want to establish a legacy. Hell, we may even have a plan to do it. But what’s stopping us from just going out there and winning?
The answer? Having the best storyline.
Having the best storyline puts you in an almost divine light, it gets people to relate to you and come over to your side of things. It gets them to take on your world view and side with you on things they normally wouldn’t individually. Why do you think people love Vegeta more than Goku, Sasuke more than Naruto, Killua more than Gon? Not because these characters are so badass (that’s part of it) but because they have the best storyline and development.
If you’re a Dragonball fan, then you know Vegeta gets his ass handed to him by every major villain. If you’re a Naruto fan, then you know Sasuke went over to the dark side but still got his ass kicked a couple times. If You’re a Hunter X Hunter fan, then you know Killua is just badass and has never been folded up.
Anyway, that’s beside the point.
The point is, you want to win in real life while creating the best storyline for your characters in your imagination. To stop trying to live your life like a movie and trying to impress people you don’t even like let alone care about. To say no to having the best storyline and to take the straight and narrow path to winning, doing the things you know are going to get you where you want to go even though they might be boring.
Save the storyline for your novels and characters. Start making the decisions you know are right and start winning instead of trying to have the best story.
Well, as always, that’s my spiel on the subject.
Till next week. . .