The Writers Circle: Milestone Birthdays

One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

Often, we see stories built around something “big” that changes for a character on their 13th or 18th birthday (or some other age society has deemed as important).  Do you use these milestones to help build or shape a character’s life or world? Would it work if the big changes took place at another, less commonly “important” birthday like the character’s 14th or 23rd birthday?  Share your strategies, tips and tricks in the comments below or in the forums.




3 thoughts on “The Writers Circle: Milestone Birthdays

  1. Two momentous birthdays guide the main character in my second book and leave an impact that affects her for the rest of her life. The birthdays were carefully chosen. At ten, she enters “double digits,” the time that many kids mark as exiting childhood (even if parents don’t recognize it.) She isn’t permitted to change an outcome that devastates her at ten. At 16, conscious of threatening elements and her own threshold at adulthood, she makes a choice to change what fate seems to dictate. Her adult life spirals around those childhood birthdays until she faces her own accountability for actions she blames on others.

  2. OK, I confess, I often forget holidays, birthdays. They seem so pedestrian in the story arc. I am wrong, of course, with that. Shari’s figured that out.

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