Raine Anthony is joining us now with her contemporary romance, PHOENIX!
Choosing Your Protagonist Wisely
When starting out writing a book, selecting a protagonist is perhaps the most important decision a writer can make. Will they be confident or self-conscious, outspoken or shy? Will they be beautiful or have physical flaws? Will they be well-rounded or suffering from some past trauma?
No matter what characteristics you give them, the protagonist needs to be an onion of many layers. This provides them with room to grow throughout the story, room to reveal themselves and room to evolve. Every writer has their own methods of fashioning a personality. In my opinion, the more flawed they are the better. Perfect people don’t exactly make for very interesting stories. This is certainly the case in my romance novel, Phoenix.
My hero and heroine are inherently flawed, but in different ways. This was a conscious decision. I wanted both Eve and Phoenix to have suffered traumas that are, in a way, complimentary. Phoenix was forced to fight in an underground ring for years, turning him into a killer, but more importantly making him strong, making him a survivor. Eve was physically and emotionally abused by her older brother all through her childhood, causing her to become timid and shy. This means that Eve can draw strength from Phoenix, and Phoenix can tap into Eve’s gentleness.
No matter what sort of protagonist a writer creates, it is vital that they have the potential to hold their interest. There is no point in a character that is going to eventually become boring to write about. There needs to be something about them that truly fascinates the writer, making it almost a compulsion to tell their story. Interesting characters come in many forms, whether it is a police detective who is secretly a serial killer, or a nun who is carrying out a clandestine love affair. You are the writer, you get to decide, and deciding is half the fun!
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