Monday, November 3, 2014

Who's Your Hero Blogfest!

Today, we're celebrating heroes and what they mean to us.  Special thanks to Joy L. Campbell and Michelle Wallace for hosting this blog hop.  The goal of this post is to write about the heroes that are inspiring us the most right now.  Who's my hero?  The easy answer would be a family member or perhaps my children.  But that's not what's in my head right now unfortunately.  No, what's in my head at the moment is a hero character I'm currently writing about.  

As writers we spend our lives observing people and situations, watching movies and then, of course, spend countless hours in our imagination.  We are creatures of the moment who are driven to capture the perfect story in our own words.  Right now the hero I've captured is rolled up into a ball of confusion in my head, and I'm sure I'm doing a butcher-like job trying to describe him on paper.  He's terrible complex just like the relationships he creates.  He's bold, unforgiving a has a sense of humor.  Is he a ladies man?  Funny you should ask, but yes, he is.

It's odd how when you're in the middle of a story how it's difficult to think little else but your hero or circumstances you've created for them.  Like any good story, I used real-life inspiring heroes to capture mine.  Whether it's straight from the news, a situation I've witnessed or even experienced, finding and using your everyday life as a muse for your hero writing is utterly essential.  It could be the heroic efforts of the many healthcare workers administering care to Ebola victims or a kind gesture of child.  For me, hero moments are everywhere when your writing.  At times it makes our job relatively easy.  At other times, not so much.   My goal for this writing project is to harness all the signs I receive and somehow make this hero of mine shine.  It's not an easy task that's for sure, but like any good writer, I'm up for the task.

What about you?  Do you have a hero you honoring today?  Or are you like me and are locked in creative-mode with your current project?

It's Monday.  Be sure and have a wonderful week.

Mina Burrows

20 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like the way you are piecing together your hero. We should all be that observant.

Sarah Foster said...

I really like your thought process and how you observe heroism in the world. I wish I was engulfed in a project right now. It's a great feeling.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Observing others is a good way to tap into real heroism.

Margo Kelly said...

I love this post! :) Because yes, when I've neck deep in writing, I can think of little else. And I totally agree with what you said: "It's odd how when you're in the middle of a story how it's difficult to think little else but your hero or circumstances you've created for them." I wish you the best with your project!

Bish Denham said...

Heroes can be such touchy characters! Reluctant, proud, vain, over-confident... Discovering the hero's motivation can be quite challenging. Good luck!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Heroes are usually and truly unsung. They are everywhere and usually not looking for notoriety.

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Mina,

Thanks very much for participating. It is important to live and observe people as it provides so much fodder for our writing. It is the bits of reality from our lives and the people around us that help make our writing shine.

Huntress said...

If we look for heroic traits in our protags, maybe finding "goodness" in our antags makes for good reading also. Kinda cool

S. L. Hennessy said...

He sounds amazing. The kind of character and hero I'd love to meet!

Crystal Collier said...

=) I love the complicated ones, and he sounds fabulous. After writing an entire series about true life heroes, I could have easily filled the space today, but I went fiction too, because even if they don't make an impact on world history, sometimes these people in our heads make a huge difference in our personal history. =)

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Elizabeth Seckman said...

I always have to ask myself what kind of music, food, color, etc. my hero would like. Once I imagine all the various details, writing them is so much more fun. I'll have to start sticking them in real life situations too!

Clarissa Draper said...

A lot of my heroes are often the characters in my head. Probably because I put them in so many trial-some situations.

Elise Fallson said...

I love that quote up there, and the music you're jamming to as well. :) Heros...let's see....nope, I've got nothing. Looks like I'm having a NaNo brain dump. But I like the hero you've described....;)

Lynda R Young said...

Ha, I can relate! I'm also locked in creative-mode with my current project, only it's two projects at once and they're sending me insane! lol.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I like how you're using real life people from the news to create your hero. My hero is a kid, and I call upon students I have known when creating my kid heroes.

dolorah said...

It is interesting how things in real life influence our hero/heroine in our current work. When we write, I think we want a main character to have heroic qualities, even if all he/she does is protect and nurture their own family.

Michelle Wallace said...

"Right now the hero I've captured is rolled up into a ball of confusion in my head."
Glad to know I'm not the only one. The thing is, I think my plot has too many twists/turns/hidden agendas/somebody-deceiving-somebody-for-whatever-reason... or something equivalent (if that makes sense), which does a great job of obscuring the hero... LOL
Thank you for participating in the Hero Blogfest.

Shan Jeniah Burton said...

I wrote mine in late October, before my young, green-blooded, pointy-eared hero took over my awareness...

It might have been a different post, during NaNo...

I wish you and your hero much confusion, and the delight of working it through, together! =D

Gina Gao said...

Heroes can be tricky beings, but I like the way that you described yours.

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J.L. Campbell said...

Hey, Mina, just waving at you. I guess the holidays have you busy.