You are the Main Character!
Hello everyone in blogging land!
Welcome back to yet another week of blogging. This week is going to be a bit different as it will help place yourself in the role of the main character. This will be good practice for your children’s book -no matter if you’re an author, editor or illustrator. This coming week will be full one of writing so let’s get those creative juices flowing now!
Today’s exercise should help you to refine your writing ideas. Before you begin your assignment, please tell me which book you’ve read this week – its title and its author. (That’s it–I don’t even need a summary this week!)
Here’s your assignment: Pretend to be the main character in your book (give me your name – the name of the main character in your book). Answer the following 7 questions in the role of that character: (don’t worry-some of them may only be a sentence long)
1. What was your problem or conflict?
2. How did I immediately act or react when I realized I had a problem or conflict?
3. What did I think about before I decided what to do about the problem?
4. What actions did I consider?
5. What choice did I make?
6. What choice do I wish I had made?
7. What was the consequence of my choice?
I read the book “The Last Battle” by CS Lewis. There do happen to be a lot of characters to choose from so I’ll choose to act as King Tirian, the king of Narnia when this book takes place.
1. The problem is that evil things are starting to happen in Narnia. Aslan has not been seen for many years and a imposter pretends to be Aslan but does evil things (clearly not how Aslan normally acts). Then begins the battle to overthrow the evil in Narnia.
2. At first I believed the story that Aslan had returned and was quite excited, but then something seemed off to me and I realized that the person pretending to be Aslan was actually doing things that Aslan wouldn’t –like killing creatures and chopping down talking trees. I immediately grabbed my sword so that I could take care of those harming my friends and my citizens.
3. I thought about investigating if it might be true or not, as unlikely as it seemed. But when I saw two Calormenes beating a talking horse, my rage and indignation came over me and I gave no thought to it and rushed forward and killed them.
4. This was the start of my actions in which I tried to defeat the evil that had taken over the land of Narnia.
5. I did feel bad about killing the two men so I went back and surrendered and agreed to be tried by Aslan.
6. However, this only got me beat up and tied to a tree as I soon discovered that this was not the real Aslan at all and I began to wish that I had not tried to do the right thing in surrendering.
7. It was only when I was defenceless that I was able to call on the real Aslan to come and save Narnia. I didn’t even wish for myself to be saved, I just wanted what was best for my country. It was only then that I called for the helpers from the other world (the children) to come and help save us. And shortly after that they arrived! Together we worked to expose the fake Aslan and bring justice back to Narnia.
Remember that a story always focuses on how individuals deal with conflict. Hopefully by completing this assignment you’ll be better able to identify conflict and/or problems in your book and explore your own conflicts. This in turn should help you with identifying connections you have to your book.
Love, Miss Esselink