Flynn’s journey continues…
In any great screenplay (or any great story), the hero must go through a change of perspective. This happens after their initial refusal to engage in the so-called “call to adventure.” The point in the story in which they must look deep inside themselves (or to a trusted guide), and make that decision to go down the road less traveled. To embrace the call to adventure. And to pursue their new goal.
After all. If the hero doesn’t change their perspective, the story would end.
Kind of like what happens in life. If you encounter a moment in your life where you have the opportunity to seize a new direction, and you let it pass by. Your story doesn’t necessarily end, but it becomes a little more boring.
You know what I mean. You get comfortable. You get complacent. You fear change. So you just take the easy choice. The path you know. The proverbial path of least resistance.
But, where’s the fun in that? Where’s the story?
Sometimes (not always, of course) you should take that unknown path. You should use that imagination of yours and create a vision for yourself in which the hidden path leads you to a future of great opportunities and experiences. And it probably will. If you allow it.
Flynn’s change of perspective happens. That’s for sure. But, I am a bit torn as to whether I want Flynn to seek the change from within, or from some external source. I have the story written from both angles. But, obviously, I must choose only one for my final version. I see the benefits of both. On one hand, the man must look at who he is. At what his priorities are. At what he wants out of life. On the other hand, it may be nice to see a trusted guide provide Flynn with some pearls of wisdom. Or maybe with reminders of who he really is. And what he really wants.
I am confident that the choice will become clear to me as Flynn’s story continues. That is a really cool aspect of storytelling. The longer you are involved with creating the story, the more you become part of the story. In other words, the fictional universe you’ve created becomes part of your life story. And, when you become that intertwined with the life and times of your characters, and their universe, the decisions of how to present their story to the world become a little more….instinctive.