The Defining Moment 3 comments


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“Any life, however long and complicated it may be, actually consists of a single moment — the moment when a man knows forever more who he is.”

— Jorge Luis Borges, “A Biography of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz”, in The Aleph (1949); tr. Andrew Hurley, Collected Fictions (1998)

What is the moment that defines your protagonist? When does it take place relative to the events of your story?

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3 thoughts on “The Defining Moment

  • Mark Walker

    Mmmmm, that’s a good question. I am going to have to have a think about that in relation to my projects.

    My puppet script? Maybe the point that Ming rejects her uncle and arranged marriage… maybe that defiance defines her. But that is probably the easy bit, making sure that is evidenced through the rest of the story will be the interesting task!

    Great question though for outlining a protagonist and an antagonist I would think.

      • Mark Walker

        Good question – I guess it is the first move towards her fighting for what she wants to do with her life – and the trigger that will eventually lead to her realising what she needs…..hopefully….still some work to do on that front though…. ;-)

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