In writing, especially in a play or film, we must construct strong characters. These characters drive the action of the piece.
But, in life, how strong a character are you?
Do you drive the action of your story?
It’s become clear to me that I must take ownership of my decisions. I have a choice from moment to moment.
I’m capable of praying instead of reacting. Journaling instead of imploding, or speaking instead of repressing.
This quote from The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri encapsulates this idea:
“A weak character is one who, for any reason, cannot make a decision to act.”
We all can decide to act, but will we?