BELA LAMPERT

Yoga Instructor
Optioned Screenwriter

How trigger-happy are you?

I have a friend who loves to complain. And it’s always the same topics that set him off. Sometimes when I’m in the mood for a character study, I would bring up certain topics just to see if I can predict his reaction and trigger one of his rants.

Why am I telling you this?

There are two lessons to be learned here:

First, everybody has these triggers. Certain things in your life will trigger fear, joy, equilibrium, longing,… If you can identify them, it will be easier for you to control your emotions instead of being controlled by them.

Emotion – control is important for “switching on” your creative mode.

Second, your characters have those triggers too. Find out what sets them off to make them more real and believable.

How do you identify your triggers?

Remove your emotional self from the equation first and go into a state of observing!

To reach that state of observing:
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