Monday, January 21, 2013
Why is Raylan Givens so cool?
Sometimes I wonder why characters in successful movies and television shows are so attractive and well written. I think I figured it out. It is easy to write for a character that is well defined. I find that my personality and purpose are not so cut and dried. Anthony Robbins talks about the easiest change being Identity level change. In a TV character the identity is clear and therefore his decisions are clear whenever presented with ambiguous circumstances. Our lives are much different. Most of us have not taken the time to so clearly define who we are, and if we have, often that person changes from situation to situation and depends on our energy, whether we worked out that morning or not or how low our blood sugar is. I suppose that life becomes much easier the more clearly we define what we will and will not accept in our lives. Inevitably the questions arise but, who am I? What am I supposed to do? What is my passion? Tucker Max says "you don't find passion, you make passion!" Choose who you are! So, how do you do it? It is actually a lot easier than you think. Decide the type of person you want to be then prove it to yourself with small wins. James Clear has many great easily understood and easy to do examples in his blog. Take a few minutes and read it. This is the best way I have found to gain some clarity and write a great script for my favorite character, me.