I’ve conducted an analysis of every story idea I’ve ever had and there’s one key theme:
Losers seeking redemption.
3.5 READERS: But BQB, every story is about a loser seeking redemption.
Not really. It depends on how low of a loser we’re talking about. Mine are pretty low.
Luke Skywalker may have been a poor farm boy, but he could have told Obi Wan to stick his light saber where the sun don’t shine and taken over his Aunt and Uncle’s farm, rejecting the Jedi life altogether had he wanted to. He could have lived a comfortable life. He didn’t do anything wrong or dumb or stupid that he needed to make up for in order to feel like his life had meaning.
Rick Grimes isn’t a loser. He’s just a dude driven to extremes by a harsh new world. But he didn’t do anything he needed to make up for. Sure, his wife and friend got it on but that was after they thought he was dead (for five minutes) and if anything that reflects badly on them not him.
So most stories are about characters facing difficult decisions but they aren’t starting out as losers. All of my heroes start out as losers and the objective seems to be a way for them to not be losers anymore.
Hate to say it, but I’m a loser seeking redemption.
Are you a loser seeking redemption? I wish you the best of luck on your path, loser.