Mother’s Day All Year

values my mother taught me This is the first in a series about the lessons my mother taught me through example. Mother’s Day felt like a good day to publish it. But then I felt that celebrating it a few days later made more sense. You could say that I …

Jerry and Tina

Our First Fifty Years If you want to know the story of Jerry and Tina Lowden. You have to start at the beginning, when Jerry Lowden was born at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley. CA. He was raised in Oakland, and then moved to Walnut Creek in late 1963. Meanwhile, …

Video Game Love Stories

Do you like love stories? How about video game love stories? We are in the middle of a love story. I will explain who we are, once the where and why have been addressed. What do you do when you find yourself in the middle of a love story? Get …

Do Superheroes Ever Have This Problem? Finding Your Character’s Motivation

By Seth Singleton

Getting up in the morning is hard enough without trying to save the world.
Getting up just to save the world does not sound like a good enough reason.
What reasons do your characters have for getting up? 

Why do most of us get up?

Turns out, it depends on who you are and what matters to you.

Usually, it is for an obligation like work or family. Like any responsibility, it can be hard to find the inspiration to get started.

What is Motivation?

Heroes Face Hard Decisions

Are heroes chosen?
Or, do the choices made by ordinary people define a hero?

There is a recurring argument in storytelling.

One side claims that something or someone decides who becomes a hero.

The other side claims that a hero is an ordinary person who takes action, and chooses to be heroic.

Two writers are using a comic book character, and his universe, to further the argument that heroes are not chosen.