And now you need to share that with your reader.
- Give your protagonist’s name
Look at the two statements below.
My friend went skydiving for the first time…
Edna went skydiving for the first time…Generally what is going to happen is that when you have a name you start to get an image of who that person is and visualizing them skydiving. Where if you don’t have a name, you don’t really get that visual or that connection.
2. What is key to know about who your protagonist is, in the story
So here you want to look at what is key to the protagonist and the situation they are in.
If the protagonist is a judge but wants to be a singer, then career would be important.
If the protagonist is a mom at 15, then age would be important.
If the protagonist is homeless but suddenly becomes a millionaire then their financial situation is important.
If the protagonist is born with black fur and everyone else has orange fur then their physical appearance is important.It’s important to choose those things that give a sense of what makes your protagonist stand out from the others’ in the story. Why have you written about this character?
3. Where is your protagonist at? Where does your protagonist want to be?
Here you really want to talk about the struggles that your protagonist are up against. From the example above, the person is a judge but wants to be a singer, what are the hurdles – how to make it happen, judgement from others, age, etc. Choose those things that are in your protagonist’s way – either physical hurdles and/or the mental/emotional ones that get in the way.