Thanks everyone for hoping I would begin feeling better. It must be helping because I actually am. Or possibly it's because I'm nuking this damn thing with killer medicine. I usually avoid taking any medicine at all, so when I do take any, it's pretty potent.
I'm a big fan of not taking medicine. I'm a believer in the idea that our bodies have a great capacity for healing themselves. Yeah, sometimes I have to suffer through a few aches and pains, but I do believe I'm healthier for it. I don't take flu shots and the fact that they have to keep updating them for virus mutations tends to support my beliefs. In fact, the worst case of sickness I ever had was after I got a flu shot once. It might be coincidence, but I don't think so.
What does all this have to do with writing? You know I always have to tie everything here into a writing post (since I haven't had any good writings of my own to share for a while). As I ramble on here, I am thinking about beliefs. I have pretty strong beliefs in general, and I tend to stick to them like glue. What about the characters that I write?
I was going to say that all main characters need to have a belief system, but I deleted it. That's not an accurate statement. There are some characters that do have strong beliefs. Their journey in the story might therefore involve figuring out how to fit in the larger world beyond themselves, given their belief systems.
Then there are characters who really aren't sure what they believe in. These are actually my preference. Their journey will most likely involve figuring out what to believe in and why. This might not even be a conscious journey, but one they make without knowing it, until they find themselves changed at the end.
Do you think about the belief systems of your characters? And how do you show that in your writing?