An important topic on varying levels. We have our own health to worry about, those close to us and even our characters health to take into consideration.
Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living being. It is sometimes viewed as the general condition of mind and body. Thus we all are striving to have a healthy life to one degree or another due to its impact on our daily lives.
I'm trying to live a healthier life. It's a hard adjustment because I have to agree with some comedian I don't remembers name, Taco Bell is delicious. I don't even care what is in the things they call food, it is just easy and tasty. And mmmm candy. I've done a pretty good job at cutting out soda but drink it on occasion, now to cut down the rest of the unhealthy stuff.
I need to work on my character's health too because while you don't want to add things to the story that doesn't move the plot forward, at the same time, if it's a long story over time how can someone not have a health issue at all during that time? Like really? Plus a little health issue can add conflict. Make it believable though and consistent. Don't have someone break an arm and then a few days later voila, it's all better because you accidentally forgot about the broken arm in reality. Unless it was by magic but even then, string it along a little. Make things complicated for the character so they have to struggle.
We take into consideration our health, so why not our characters too.
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Do you use health as part of the character's conflicts?
What about your own health are you focused on?