Pixar’s Rule #21
You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?
It all in the WHY...
WHY is the Dos Equis man interesting? They tell you all the reasons he is identified as the Most Interesting Man in the World. He is the only man to every ace a Rorschach Test. Everytime he goes for a swim, dolphins appear. If he were to mail a letter without postage, it would still get there. When it’s raining, it is because he is sad. At the end they announce, he is the Most Interesting Man in the World. With all the lovely words, there is no need for the last announcement. You already know he is interesting.
WHY is your male main character cool? He is the guy with smooth fluid motions. Everyone watches as he speaks. The girls blush when he says, ‘hello.’ (That one could be because he is so darn cute. Or? He had brown eyes that search deep inside you for answers.) He breaks into the school computer to change everyone’s grades. He scores the winning touchdown. He picks up your books, when the goofy guy knocks them across the hall. He drives a 1965 red Mustang.
This is one of ‘show me’ don’t tell me situations. You know he is cool and you have a million reasons in your head. Put them on paper and allow us to come to that realization without being spoon fed with adjectives.
Why is your MC cool? Why is your MC strong? Show me.
Also, all of you should check out the posts from my blogging friends who are doing this challenge with me! The first posts go up today. Links to Kate Brauning, Talynn Lynn, Mary Pat, and Alex Yuschik’s blogs are located on the side bar.
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