Monday, November 30, 2009

Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthough Program to End Negative Behavior...and Feel Great Again

Missy Tippens here--filling in for Lindi, who is STILL without DSL. I can NOT imagine. I would be off the deep end by now. :)

Anyway, I wanted to share something with you. I just ordered a new research book that was recently recommended by an author friend. It's called Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthrough Program to End Negative Behavior and Feel Great Again, by Jeffrey E. Young, Janet S. Klosko, and Aaron T. Beck. My friend said this book is great for characterization. She said it's especially helpful when looking at the big lie your character tells herself that leads to her internal conflict.

For example, a hero, who has overly-demanding parents, a fiance who dumped him and a sister who before she died said that he doesn't have a heart, will tell himself that he's not capable of love. This is pretty much the setup I used in Her Unlikely Family. So "I'm not capable of love (and therefore not lovable either)" is the lie Michael told himself. That makes for conflict when he starts falling in love and is torn between his loyalty to his family/family business and loyalty to the heroine. And it also proves to create conflict when he begins to bond with his niece for whom he's legal guardian--a girl who depends on him for love and affection. (Oh, it's so fun to torture our characters!!) :)

I'm looking forward to reading this reference book--to see some of the lies people really do tell themselves--and coming up with new ideas for characters. I'll be sure to let you know more about it once I receive it.
Do you know what lie the hero or heroine of your current story tells him/herself??

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