Think about your favorite story ever. What makes it your favorite story? Is it the setting, the characters, the conflict, the way the hero rises up to save the day? Now let me ask you another question. What kind of story are you living? Blue Like Jazz author Donald Miller, found himself in a strange place. He wrote a memoir about his life as a Christian and someone decided to make a movie about it. Turning the memoir into a movie with a plot and action, heroes and villains, led him to that very question—what kind of story was He living and the follow up, how could he live a better story? Miller defines story as “a character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it.”
Look at the story of your life right now. What is it you want (the goal)? What stands between you and your dream (the conflict)? How can you overcome the conflict to reach your goal? Create something that expresses you reaching your goal. What will it look like to reach your goal?
Take the challenge yourself and submit links in the comments below, I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
(Excerpt from Dave’s Upcoming Book, A Year in Art—52 Creative Challenges, Coming soon!)