Hey guys, welcome to this week’s What the Bleep Am I Doing?! Rebel’s Guide To: This time I’m going to be sharing some tips on making a good protagonist for your story. Specifically the main protagonist. About time I give a WTB on a writing subject again eh? Well, let’s get started with it, shall we?
Make sure it’s memorable and stands out from the other characters so your readers can tell near immediately who the main protagonist of the story is. Also, the personality of the character, whether it’s stubborn, sadistic, cheerful is what makes the character them. So if you choose one or two types, like stubborn but kind for example, stick with it and move with it. It will be the essence of your character and drive everything they do. Lastly, this one is kind of obvious but make sure to make it different than other characters. Each character is unique in their own way so make sure it’s noticeable.
What I mean by purpose is, what’s their drive? What makes them tick? What is their past? Their friends? Everything in their world is what makes them who they are. So work with that and run with it.
This one should be easy. The Protagonist’s goal is, at its very core, the whole entire reason for the book. For example, when thinking about my book Prince of Thieves. Estelle’s goal is to stop The Telenoir aristocrats from taking over the entirety of Terra so she agrees to go in her sister’s place to marry their prince. Your character’s goal is the whole driving force in their personality and gives them a lot of depth.
Character Build up
What I mean by Character Build up is how your Protagonist grows throughout the story. How he or she changes and learns through hardships and victories. This places so many different traits, so many new traits onto your character. Or better yet, it will make their basic traits stronger. Basically, to sum it all up nothing is better for making a good Protaginst than Character Growth.
That’s all for now my friends! I hope the tips I provided were of some help to all of you. If you have any questions I’d be more than happy to answer them! And next time I’ll be talking about tips on how to make a good antagonist! So stay tuned for that!
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