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PROTAGONISTS

PROTAGONISTS

OUR DAILY WISDOM WORD TODAY IS PROTAGONISTS.  AS I MENTIONED AT THE FIRST OF THE YEAR, THERE ARE SOME CHANGES TO THE DAILY WISDOM WORDS POSTS YOU WILL READ. WITH SO MANY AUTHORS BECOMING MEMBERS OF DAILY WISDOM WORDS, WE WILL BE INTEGRATING ARTICLES ABOUT WRITING NOVELS, AND  SHORT STORIES, BOTH FICTION AND BIOGRAPHY. 

WE WILL FIND OURSELVES FOCUSING TODAY ON PROTAGONISTS.  WITH ANYTHING WE DO IN LIFE IF WE WITE  AND DEVELOP OUR CHARACTER INSTEAD OF BUILD ON FULL PICTURE WITH AN OUTLINE, IT CAN OVERWHELM US.  WHEN WE BREAK THINGS DOWN INTO STEPS, OR GOALS OR PARTS, WE BEGIN TO LOOK AT ONE THING AT A TIME.  BEFORE WE KNOW IT, WE HAVE SUCCEEDED IN MASTERING OUR HUGE, OVERWHELMING TASK BECAUSE WE TOOK THE BULL BY THE HORNS ONE STEP AT A TIME.  THE SAME IS TRUE IN WRITING NOVELS. IT IS BEST TO START WITH THE BASICS. 

A PART OF BEGINNING ANY BOOK IS TO DEVELOP OUR PROTAGONIST.  OUR PROTAGONIST IS OUR MAIN CHARACTER, OR WHO OUR  BOOK SHALL CENTER ON.  WHEN WE DECIDE WE WILL LOSE FIFTY POUNDS OF WEIGHT, WE BREAK THIS WEIGHT LOSS KNOWING THAT WE CAN’T DO THIS OVERNIGHT.  YOU WILL PERHAPS CREATE YOUR PROTAGONIST OVERNIGHT, BUT YOU WILL ADD TO THEIR CHARACTER THROUGHOUT THE BOOK YOU ARE WRITING  IT IS BEST, JUST AS WITH GOAL SETTING TO BREAK YOUR PROTAGONIST DOWN INTO THE VARIOUS ASPECTS WE WANT THEM TO BE.  DO YOU WANT THEM TO BE KIND OR RUTHLESS?  DO YOU WANT THEM TO BE GENEROUS OR STINGY?  DO YOU DECIDE YOUR PROTAGONIST IS A PASSIVE PERSON OR HAS A FIERY SIDE TO THEIR PERSONALITY?  IF YOU WISH TO WRITE GREAT NOVEL, THE CLOSER YOU CAN KEEP YOUR CHARACTERS TO REAL PEOPLE, THE BETTER.   

WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE SECOND AND SO ON, HOW LONG DO THEY TAKE REVEALING THEMSELVES TO YOU?  SOMETIMES, SAYING LESS ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER UNVEILING THEIR PERSONALITY OVER TIME WORKS BEST, LEAVING SUSPENSE AND INTRIGUE.  LET YOUR AUDIENCE GUESS!  ON THE OTHER HAND, WE MUST HAVE VERY REALISTIC PROTAGONISTS TO ALLOW THE READER TO IDENTIFY WITH YOUR CHARACTER.  THE MORE TRUE TO NATURE YOUR CHARACTERS ARE, THE EASIER IT WILL BE TO DEVELOP THEIR CHARACTER. 

IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU ARE WRITING A BOOK ABOUT SUPER-HEROES;  THEY STILL NEED TO BE CLOSELY RESEMBLE HUMAN BEINGS.  IT IS SO MUCH EASIER TO WRITE ABOUT YOUR PROTAGONIST IF YOU’RE ABLE TO PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR SHOES AND DEVELOP THEM FROM A PERSPECTIVE OF REALITY OF OTHERS OR YOURSELF.  THEY WILL DEVELOP HUMAN QUALITIES TRUE TO LIFE, AND OUR PROTAGONIST OR MAIN CHARACTER IS OUR FIRST STEP LEADING TO A BESTSELLER. 

MY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS COMES FROM DOING MANY, MANY BOOK REVIEWS, FOR NEW AUTHORS, AND EXPERIENCED ONES.  I FIND MYSELF ABLE TO IDENTIFY WITH THE PROTAGONIST DIRECTLY IF THE PROTAGONIST IS BUILT FROM OVER TIME. REAL PERSPECTIVES IN THE WORLD WE LIVE IN SHOULD INTERACT.  LET US TAKE A LOOK AT THE DEFINITION OF “PROTAGONIST” FROM OUR WEBSTER DICTIONARY AND THE DAILY WISDOM WORD DEFINITION. 

WEBSTER DEFINITION, PROTAGONIST-1.  THE LEADING CHARACTER OR ONE OF THE MAJOR CHARACTERS IN A BOOK, NOVEL, MOVIE, OR STORY. 

DAILY WISDOM WORD DEFINITION OF PROTAGONIST-THE MAIN CHARACTER(S) IN A BOOK OR SOMETHING WE WRITE THAT MUST BE CREATED TO SHOW THEIR HUMANITY. AND CLOSE TO FORM IN REAL LIFE. 

I READ ALL MY LIFE AS A CHILD AND STILL DO.  NEVER EVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF READING.  YOU SHOULD BE READING OTHER’S WORK THAT INTERESTS YOU TO INCREASE YOUR VOCABULARY, FIGURING OUT WHAT CAUGHT YOUR INTEREST OR WHAT DOES OR DOESN’T WORK AND LEARN TO CONVEY CLEAR DESCRIPTIVES FOR THE PROTAGONIST(S) IN ANY BOOK. DOING A SKELETON OUTLINE OF YOUR PROTAGONIST AND ADDING SUBFACTS UNDERNEATH EACH HEADING EACH  CREATE THE PROTAGONISTS DYNAMICS.  HAVING CLEAR, DETAILED OUTLINES IS A GREAT WAY TO CREATE REALISTIC PROTAGONIST(S).  THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING ABOUT PROTAGONISTS TODAY.  HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND BLESSED DAY.  SAMANTHA

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