The basic idea of his thesis was that a story’s main character has ups and downs that can be graphed to reveal the stories shape. The shape of society’s stories, he said, is at least as interesting as the shape of its pots or spearheads.
One of the tools I have been using to get my head into the proper space for mapping out my first novel is putting some thought into worldbuilding. Little did I know that there are very dedicated groups of people out there that take it VERY seriously
Lou drove. Not like he did when his kids were strapped into the child seats. He drove like he did twenty years ago. Guiding the new roadster into the first curves of Topanga Canyon, his foot pressed firmly to the floor, his heart raced. It was freedom.
“I can’t believe you’re paying me for this,” he said, squinting into the harsh desert sun. Sal’s arms hung by his sides, the weight of the hammer pulling his right arm taught. The handle swayed back and forth, barely perceptible, pulsing with his racing heart.
“How else do we discover our true selves without pushing the limit a bit?” I said. Taking the hammer, I drove the last of the four posts deeply into the dry, shattered soil.