The Love Affair Holding a Grudge Seeking Revenge Situation Reaction
- Thought Processes
As you can see, we delve into Thought Processes today. This will be a summation of the week because each of the topics discussed followed a Thought Process. Your character wavered, decided, and acted. So grab your pens and notebooks and let's get rolling!
If you didn't realize, there are a ton of thought processes. I'm only going into four types here today.
- Lateral - This thought process derives a solution from things that aren't immediately obvious. You aren't using the lateral thought process if you use a step-by-step approach. These people are generally creatives and find new ways to do things. A lateral thinker can be the most dangerous type of character. They're the ones that rig up a contraption to stab someone in the back rather than plunging the knife in with their own hand. However, they're also the most likely to make it out of a sticky or dangerous situation.
- Common Sense - It's exactly what it sounds like. Common sense is using facts concerning the situation to come to a sound conclusion. Kind of like: If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck. This doesn't apply to fantasy where characters can appear to be ducks. But your character either has common sense or doesn't. They may begin a love affair thinking it won't have an effect on them even though the same action destroyed their own family unit. If they use common sense, the love affair wouldn't take place. In a stressful situation, they may react in a positive way but they find it difficult to look outside the box.
- Parallel - Folks that can do this look at two sides of the situation at the same time. Once one is discarded, another comparison takes its place. This type of thinking continues until a decision is reached. When considering revenge, this type of person is the most dangerous because they've considered every possible angle before ever making the first move.
- Personal Experience - Obviously, this type of thought process allows the person to draw conclusions from life experiences. This type can take things to a light or dark place, depending on life events. If the person has only been deceived or betrayed by everyone they ever knew, they'll assume every person they meet is the same way. There is no lateral thinking by someone who only draws from personal experience.
Now, when your character decides to partake in a Love Affair, you need to ask yourself why. Revenge? Grudge they're holding? Or simply a reaction to a situation? In this case, we'll use an example with easy to follow bullet points. But first, let's set the scene.
A married man is out with his friends. He's just had an argument with his wife during which she called him a pig and told him to get out. A beautiful, smart, friendly woman approaches the man and engages with him before asking if he'd like to go back to her place. His friends urge him to take the plunge. What does he think and do? His options are:
- Remove his wedding ring
- Gain hero status with his idiot friends
- Take the woman back to her place
- Ruin his marriage or his sanity
- Lie forever
- Tell the truth after and deal with it
- Politely tell the woman he's married
- Deal with being called a chump
- Go home
- Tell the wife what happened
- Be the good guy
- Tell the woman he's married but arguing with his spouse
- Take her number
- Leave his wife
- Get a divorce
- Start seeing the new girl
- My wife was cruel and doesn't care for me
- This woman is interested
- No one will ever find out
- What if they do?
- Should I do this or not?
A young girl is just turning into a woman. She gets her first period at school and has no way to clean up because she doesn't understand what's happening to her. Add a group of girls who tease her every day for a month and you have a character with a grudge. What are her options?
- Pretend it doesn't bother her
- Silently plot revenge
- Get dirt on the girls and spread rumors
- Watch as their lives fall apart
- Pretend it doesn't bother her
- Cry every night because they were mean
- Quit going to school
- Allow it to ruin her life and make her a pariah
- Tell the girls what she thinks
- Let it go, understanding it's part of the cycle of life thing and the girls are just being cruel
- Continue on and forget what happened
- Learn from the experience
- What's happening to me?
- Should I say something to them?
- I'm a freak
- Maybe I'm not a freak
- Should I get back at them?
Question of the day: Has this week helped you at all with character development or deeper understanding?
I hope you've all enjoyed this week's posts and took something away from them.
Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!