Positive Affirmation of the Day:
I have high reverence for my writing muse and the spirit world around me.
Central theme of your writing piece for the day:
People think they are special and sometimes engage in the habit of being self-centered. Some folks feel that they are the only person with a special skill set and others should take notice.
One specific example is what John Edwards shares in his book Infinite Quest: Develop Your Psychic Intuition to Take Charge of Your Life. He mentioned he was doing a reading for a group of people. The event came to an end and people thanked him for his time. However, one lady stuck around. Long story short — She got mad at him because he didn’t “read” her. Her ego got in the way and she grew nasty.
We all want to be noticed. We all want to be validated. We all want to be told that we are special in some way, shape, or form. There are ways to do this without allowing our egos to get in the way. The High Lady of Love and Compassion Reversed highlights everything opposite of security, love and stability.
For the record, there is someone that does notice you, that does validate you, that does think you’re special. So no worries there.
When your ego gets in the way, it’s hard to hear the messages from the spirit. As a result, your life and your writing suffers. What eventually happens, is folks who step outside of their spirit have a tendency to resort to manipulation to get the recognition they so desperately want.
And that, my friends, ends up being messy and you can hear those negative karma points racking up in the spiritual realm.
While it’s fun to focus on ourselves, it’s time to turn our focus to our…. characters!
While it’s almost taboo to be a self-centered, egotistical, manipulator in real life. The world of books hold a different standard and level of acceptability. Believe it or not, the following elements are what drive a great story:
Self-centeredness – It’s all about you!
Over-inflated ego – You are the bomb!
Manipulation – Bending people to your will with your cunning words and actions.
Being an enabler – being passive or helping others to where they cannot do anything for themselves.
For your personal life, these components only bring heartache, but in the world of non-fiction and fiction, they are what drive a story forward. Who doesn’t love a great manipulator? On the surface, we dislike the protagonist. But, secretly, we think that person has some great guts for doing what they do.
Imagine being a master manipulator! People bending to your will Who doesn’t want that. One excellent example of a master manipulator is a book written by Pearl S. Buck – Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China.
I Dare You To Take Action Prompt:
Could a character in your book — fiction or non-fiction — use a good dose of being self-centered? Have a sense of an over-inflated ego? Be a master manipulator? Or be an enabler?
Take a look at your rough draft and see where your character could use a bit of spice. Shake things up a bit. Is your character a nice person? Well, have an “event” happen that forces your character to change into a different person.
In your memoir — did you forget to mention that self-centered, egotistical, manipulator? Add them in!
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