What is his mirror moment, the moment in the middle of the story when the main character decides what kind of person he is? For more explanation of the mirror moment, read my review of Writing Your Novel from the Middle by James Scott Bell.
Obviously, this young man is considering something. His expression is thoughtful, he’s fiddling with his mustache, and he looks like he’s watching, maybe even scrutinizing, something out of camera range.
What could his mirror moment be? Perhaps he’s debating his role in a relationship and he’s watching the other person. Here’s my inspiration:
Len, always the center of attention, always the life of the party.
Never bothered me before. I like being on the ouside, can’t attract criticism if no one notices you.
But now … Len tells the punchline, and the guys fall all over themselves laughing.
I have a chance to be in a spotlight. Not Len’s. He can keep his. I have a shot at one of my own. But do I want it?
Ooooh, I like the idea of a “mirror moment”- it’s a good way of thinking about how characters have to make choices to move the story on.
Also, that’s a phenomenal mustache!
It caught my attention because he looks young and yet he has this very grown-up beard and mustache.