What’s your story?
More importantly, what’s your story about?
You’re living the story of your life right now, and good stories are about something.
They’re about hope, or healing, or redemption, or connection. They’re about things made new or made right or made real. They’re about beauty out of ashes.
They’re about truth, revealed.
Good characters are about something, too.
Good doesn’t have to mean nice or pleasant. A good character might be interesting or endearing, righteous or wrong, nuanced and layered, mysterious or compelling or beloved.
A good character can be almost anything, as long as they’re authentic. As long as they’re real. As long as they’re true.
A good story is always true (even if it’s fiction).
A good story points to a truth bigger than plot or setting, a truth beyond circumstance, a truth beneath action and reaction.
Your story is a true story. You are a true character.
You are not made-for-TV, based on a true story, ripped from the headlines, inspired by real events. You’re it. Your story is the real deal.
It’s about you, and how you change over time. It’s about what changes you. It’s about what forms you, and what grows you.
It’s about what light you shine in the darkness.
I think it’s about who you were made to be, and what you were made to do, and what truth you’re meant to reflect.
It’s about you, and it’s about something bigger than you.
A good character makes choices that shape the story. A good story will shape the character, too.
This one’s your story. So what’s it going to be about?