Writers use emotion to motivate characters and move them through their story. The two strongest motivators for human behaviour are fear and love. Both are on either side of a weight scale and still interact to fuel each other
An author can use the fear of losing a love or a child to motivate a character into action. She can use the fear of never finding love to create conflict and depth in a character. Fear of being hurt by someone we love to keep a character stuck and distanced from their target; love. Fear of being loved so much that the character can’t reciprocate, can inspire self awareness or introspection.
We fear that which we do not control. Think about it.
Fear of loss – We can’t control if something is lost or someone is lost.
Fear of object – The object is in control of our response and our safety
Fear of future – No one controls this
Fear of the unknown – You can’t control what you don’t know
Fear of people – Can’t control the actions of others
Fear of public speaking – Really this is the fear of others judging you
So, if we want to live a fearless life – We need to lose control. We need to let it go, accept it, and trust that things will be as they will be. We need to see things for what they really are and not what they might be.
Due to global communication our world is micro and we fear things that are not a threat. We create threats. We are our own worst enemy because we have irrational fears, anxiety and panic attacks. We start hiding from the world, shutting off from those around us becoming isolated.
That said, I’m gonna leave my apartment now and go out into the world to experience real life. To live fearlessly. To enjoy life. Not to fear it.
Shannon Peel is the author of THIRTEEN, a novel about a 13 year old boy whose world is turned upside down when foreign soldiers invade his hometown. Jack experiences fear at every turn and instead of being immobilized by it, he pushes through it to act and do what he believes he must.