459747_red_life_saver“Maybe / You’re gonna be the one that saves me”
Oasis, “Wonderwall

Generally, when problems arise, people (and therefore characters) fall into one of two categories: the ones who are actively trying to help themselves and the ones who are waiting to be saved. (If you want examples to compare, think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer versus Twilight’s Bella Swan.)

Where do your characters fall? Are they helping themselves or waiting for someone or something to solve their problems? See if you can spot a trend in your writing and then write a story, scene or poem about the opposite type of character — the one you’ve explored the least.

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