As I was writing my book How to Diagnose Your Character I was at the section about change and realized that I have not yet discussed an important model of change. Below I have described that model.
James O. Prochaska in 1977 developed the Transtheoretical model of change. This model includes five stages of change that a person goes through. The first stage is called the pre-contemplation stage. In this stage the person does not want to make the change and really don’t realize that they need to change. Contemplation is the second stage in the model. In this stage a person is beginning to weigh the costs and benefits of change, the person is still not changing but are starting to see that change is needed. The third stage is called the preparation stage and it is in this stage that a person has finally decided that change is necessary and that they are going to do something about it. Action is the fourth stage and it is in this stage that a person is actually changing and doing something different in their lives. The final stage is called the maintenance stage. In this stage the person has changed and is learning to maintain the change.
As I point out in my book it is important that our readers see a little bit of this process in our characters as they are going through the changes in our stories.
By the way the book thing is much longer than I expected but I should have a rough draft done by next Monday!!! I am very excited about and hope that it will be helpful to other writers and of course that other people will want to read it :)