Let me share an example of what I mean. In the story that I'm reading, called "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand, the main character Louie is a troublemaker. As a little kid, he was always stealing, getting into fights, and throwing himself into danger. As he got older, his brother decided to step in and encourage him to run on the high school track team. Louie tried it, but hated running, so instead, he decided to run away from home.
However, that is not the decision I am referring to. Let me explain. Once Louie ran away from home, he faced all sorts of hardships that he wasn't prepared for. He got kicked off of a train at gunpoint for hitch hiking. He had to seek shelter in a barn. The only food he had to eat was canned beans. Life away from home was not what Louie expected, even though he was used to trouble.
Louie realized that this was not the kind of life he wanted for himself. He knew he could be better. He decided to go back home and make something of his life. He decided to commit himself to running on the track team. With the help of his brother, Louie trained every day. He wanted to be the best runner. Because of his decision to change his life, Louie changed himself from a troubled kid into a champion. He became a star runner. His determination made him the best runner in the nation. He beat numerous world records. People who used to hate him for stealing their things and beating up their kids now adored him. People cheered and praised Louie wherever he went.
Imagine if Louie decided to remain away from home. What a different life he would have had! The book probably wouldn't be much of a story if Louie hadn't made the decision to go back home and be a better person.
This Week's Prompt:
Tell all about how the decision affected the character's life or how the decision changed the course of the story. Include enough background information so that readers can understand why the decision was so important and difficult.