However, one thing that can really throw a monkey wrench into my creative flow are professions for my characters. What will they do to earn a living and bring in the goodies, or simply pay the bills? I'm less interested in their earning potential and net worth than how their choice of profession will segue into the type of character I'm writing.
I don't typically write supercharged, driven, and financially motivated characters, who keep a close eye on their portfolios and have a deep seated need to succeed. Rather, I'm more fascinated by characters who value balance, relationships, and the collective good over personal accomplishments. I warm to creative types, nurturers, and volunteers. Those who'd take time off, or cut out of work early to get involved in something and engage.
There are many ways to be driven, many of them selfless -- sharing our time, our support, encouragement, and humanity. Sometimes, often times, that's all we have to give, and yet, these are the types who move me most, who drive me to write their stories, even if they will never make the headlines.
Life is what we make of it, how we choose to live it, and where we find meaning at the end of the day, both in reality and in fiction. I will always be drawn to the underdog with a good heart and a steadfast soul.
How about you?