Bringing a Cause or Two, or More

Causes 1A story is bound to have more than one character, maybe many. This is where the plot can become rather entangled because every character has a need or desire. No matter how well characters get along their needs and desires may not be the same, and even if they are it can still cause conflict. A cause gives a character a purpose, and helps them develop giving more depth their personality. Different causes have different priorities, and lead in many directions. These can take a situation on a new path, or provide great confusion.

Characters with a Cause

The greatest difficulty with creating causes is twofold. For example of the big bad villain only has one cause then there is a danger that the character will not have enough depth. Then there are the many characters that on the surface appear to be friendly, and may well have the best intentions. Add in a cause and somewhere along the line something is bound to go astray. By far the biggest headache that I tend to blame on writer’s block has involved dealing with many causes at once. When three or more characters that have been the best of friends, have competing causes. It is around this time that confusion settles in, and the conflict begins.

The Great Misunderstanding

Once you know the needs and desires of your characters then these can open up so many opportunities to have fun. Misinterpretations can bring a whole new depth to the story, and lead to many small disasters. Even with the greatest amount of planning there are times when characters will lead a story. This has more to do with the character choosing to stay with their cause. There have been moments when I have been surprised by what a character chooses based on who they are. The greatest moment of surprise changed the ending for my second book. In hindsight it added more depth to the story, and I understood more about the character than I thought I knew. So don’t be afraid to let your characters be who they are.

Published by Chantelle Griffin

The ultimate quest is about to begin. If you love fantasy with adventure and a hint of the unexpected. Escape into fantasy, and the mystical world of magic mixed with adventure. Where you are in good company. Although chose your company wisely. There are anti-heroes, wizards, and a range of chaotic characters ahead. Not to mention dragons. A fantasy world set in an ancient mythical world has to have dragons. Tales of sword and sorcery with danger thrown in. Captivated Chantelle from a young age. Reading until all hours of the night to find out what would happen to the characters. There was just one problem the fantasy world was not enough. The story would finish far too soon. Hidden away in the distant past the life of a fantasy writer began. The real life struggles have been a saga all of their own for author Chantelle Griffin. Originally known as Chantelle Lowe and born in Tasmania, Australia. Her dreams haunted her from an early age. Vivid tumultuous dreams carrying adventure and danger. Took the author into her own fantasy world filled with sorcery and treachery. A story that continues to captivate her writing. If you love fantasy with adventure follow the Legacy of Zyanthia series.

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