Character Development: The Protagonist

When you look at your favorite stories, whether it be as grand as Harry Potter or as simple as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, those stories are lost without their characters. And of course, at the heart of it all, each of those stories has one character that stands out more than all the rest, otherwise known as the protagonist.

The protagonist is usually the good guy of the story, but not always. Sometimes they are the bad guy disguised as the book’s hero. Beyond anything else, however, they are the one the story focuses on the most, and at some point during the story, that character changes as a result of the story’s progression. This is a key trait among protagonists. If there isn’t something challenging them, your story will come off as boring to the reader.

It is important to note that, as I mentioned in a previous blog post, characters are people that have flaws and strengths. This makes them just like your average person. The point is, your main character should be relatable and your reader should be able to identify with them. If there is nothing to relate to, there is a big problem with your story. So, make them react to the story’s challenges appropriately. Only you will know how to do that, since you’re the character’s creator, so it is up to you to figure out how to do that best.

These are just a few tips, but I hope this helps.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to reblog and follow. See you guys next time.

–N.L., 2017

 

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Author: napoleonlovecraft

Napoleon Lovecraft is a blogger and author from the suburbs of Maumelle, Arkansas. Born in 1988, Lovecraft is a lover of the fantasy genre. It is his goal to write in as many fantasy subgenres before he kicks the bucket, with stories ranging from short stories to full-length novels. His debut novel, Kingslayer, is expected to be a unique take on the High Fantasy genre, having been told in first person and aided with footnotes, not to mention the fact that it is set in a non-medieval fantasy world. Lovecraft is studying for his BA in both Professional Writing and Creative Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He lives in Greenbrier, Arkansas with his family, where his dog and seven cats keep him in line.

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