Hump Day Prompt #3: What Ignites Your Hero?

Hump Day Prompt #3: What Ignites Your Hero? This week we're doing some freewriting about what your hero is passionate about. What drives them?

Every Wednesday, I post a writing prompt here. You write about it, if it tickles your creativity bone, and then come share what you wrote on Facebook to get some feedback and see what the other Ninjas have come up with. My goal with these prompts will to be to make them something that can move your current work-in-progress forward.


What Ignites Your Hero?

Let’s do some freewriting today, Ninjas.

I want you to spend some time thinking about what turns your hero on. I’m not just talking about sexually here (although, feel free to go there.) What drives your main character? What lights them up on the inside and makes them someone interesting enough to read about?

Use these questions to guide your writing.

What does your hero lust for?

What are they willing to break their moral code for?

Who could break their heart?

Are they willing to put themselves at risk for something?

What is the one thing that could make them give up everything?

My Turn

My work-in-progress is a Robin Hood retelling set in modern day Las Vegas.

On the surface, this is an easy prompt for me. Rob’s best friend is the love of his life. Mattie has been his soul mate for as long as he can remember. He hasn’t seen her in nearly two years. They were fifteen the last time he left for boarding school. The difference between fifteen and seventeen is significant and the shift in their feelings for each other is intense and something they have to come to terms with, but they have always known that they belonged together. It has always been Rob and Mattie.

Rob’s moral code has never been tested. His life has always been privileged and easy. He’s never not known where he was headed. So, it’s a surprise to him to find that a group of homeless strangers who are as different from him as it’s possible to be are the people who help him realize that his moral code is actually steel-strong, and that they are the ones he’s willing to break it for. He longs for the acceptance and love of these people, that need drives him. He finds that he has to do what ever he can to protect them.

Rob has lost everything, except for Mattie. His heart is already broken by his father’s death and by the loss of the life that he’d never even considered that he might not lead. But it turns out that while he grieves his father and the loss of his legacy, what he builds on his own after they are gone make him far more vulnerable. He would put himself at risk for Mattie, and he would put himself at risk for this new life and new family that he’s suddenly found himself in the middle of.

Rob is absolutely driven by the need to be loved. His mother died when he was a little boy. His father was a powerful and sometimes distant man who never stopped grieving his dead wife, and he is dead now, too. It’s important to him, on a deep level, not to fail once he starts on his new path. He especially doesn’t want to fail the people who are depending on him. He needs to prove to himself that he is worthy.

Your Turn

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