In Search of... Motivation

To clarify things, I'm not meaning my own "motivation". Instead, I'm holding out for a hero and working on the proper motivation for my current WIP, a gaslight gothic with definite paranormal elements. Think... Three Truths with a definite darker edge and, hopefully, darker motivations.

So, what creates a fantastic deep motivation? All through the holidays I pondered what I was working on, hoping the answers would magically appear. If you came through my grocery line during the holidays and I appeared to be in another universe then I apologize. I probably was... a steampunk/gaslight universe. After all, I want to truly challenge myself with this project and take my writing to places far beyond (or in this case it's below) my usual writing. We went to see Tron last night. Other than the distracting side-effect of having to balance the very ugly 3D glasses atop my own glasses I did find time to analyze the motivations of the characters. There were some very definite motivations represented amidst all the flash and pomp. NOTE: Just a few Tron observations. Not intended as spoilers.

Jeff Bridges' struggle to do what his heart wants and what is for the best of all, his struggle to "remove himself from the battle" make him a much stronger character. Cloe's struggles to fight the good fight and stay true to the teachings of her mentor. I like that she was so strong, but they could have developed her more. And Sam, I loved his growth. He was a very strong Disney-esque hero, but still strong enough for those beyond the Disney average age limit.

I find that I am continually drawn to the idea of fighting for something bigger than ourselves. Perhaps it's the champion within me, but I want there to be that reason to risk it all and push onward to the life or death point. I want to believe that the same drive is within all... but, call me cynical... I work retail. I've not seen a lot of that championing the greater good. Maybe that's why heroes stand out so strongly in modern day realm. We are all looking for someone willing to break out of the norm, challenge the expected and fight for something bigger than ourselves.

I think I just may have found the motivation for my hero.

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