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Can a protagonist become so angry he threatens the sidekick?

A writer asked me today, “Can a protagonist get so angry he threatens the sidekick?? My response… Sure. Objective characters are defined by how they function, not how they feel about each other. So, the Protagonist (our initiative) will seek … Continue reading

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Fire Your Protagonist!

Many authors start with a Protagonist and then build a cast of characters around him or her. But as a story develops, it may turn out that one of the other characters becomes more suited for that role. Sticking with … Continue reading

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Your Protagonist is not your Main Character

Just started a new series of Quick Tip videos for writers. Here’s the first one, hot off the press…

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The Structure of Protagonist and Antagonist (video)

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Protagonist Personal

Write Your Novel Step by Step Go to Table of Contents Step 49 Protagonist Personal Characters have dramatic functions, but the reader or audience needs to identify with them as real people. A necessary but difficult task is to intertwine … Continue reading

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Protagonist and Antagonist

Protagonist drives the plot forward. Antagonist tries to stop him. The Protagonist is the Prime Mover of the effort to achieve the Story’s Goal. The Antagonist is the Chief Obstacle to that effort. In a sense, Protagonist is the irresistible … Continue reading

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Fire Your Protagonist

Many authors start with a Protagonist and then build a cast of characters around him or her. But as a story develops, it may turn out that one of the other characters becomes more suited for that role. Sticking with … Continue reading

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The Hero Breaks Down

Groucho Marx once said, “You’re headed for a nervous breakdown. Why don’t you pull yourself to pieces?” That, in fact, is what we’re going to do to our hero. Now many writers focus on a Hero and a Villain as … Continue reading

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“Things” as Characters

 A writer asks: “My favorite creative writing book is ‘Setting’ by Jack Bickham. Use of setting as primary with characters, plot, theme, mood, etc derived from it and interacting with it seems of particular value in science fiction. Where would … Continue reading

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Your Plot Step By Step!

Here are some general guidelines to help you structure your story’s plot, step by step. Act One Beginning The beginning of act one is the teaser. It may or may not have anything to do with the actual plot of … Continue reading

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