1. Mark Burns

    Excellent points to have. I realize that my favorite movies, always have that connective element to them. I might get around to writing- maybe after a cure is found for my accomplished role as a Professional Procrastinator (at least i get the “pro” for PROcrastination- the closest i may come to forging a writen PROtagonist).

    Great ideas given, unforgetable, really illuminates why i get in for the ride with certain films.
    , e.g., It’s a Wonderful Life.

    It wasn’t explict until you brought it out.


  2. Thanks Mark, glad the article was of some help. You’re right, It’s a Wonderful Life is a great example!

    I love “Professional Procrastinator”…I might add that to my business card 🙂

  3. Tina

    The protagonist in my story has a soft side. I try to portray this when she is thinking about good times she once spent with her mother and husband, both of which are no longer in her life. Is this a good enough example or have I missed the point?

  4. Tina, exactly right and I love the sadness I get reading even a little about the loss of no longer having them in her life. I also wonder what happened to her to make her no longer allow this soft side out or let it show. This is a great thing, to make your reader want to find out more about what makes her tick. Well done! Think about pushing it a little further (if you haven’t already) and have her recall a time when she actually sacrificed something important for one of them–whether physical or emotional–so that we *see* her putting a loved one before her own needs. Your reader will fall in love with your protagonist despite her less likable qualities. Sounds like you have a well-rounded character.

  5. Tina

    Thanks Kathy, just the response I was aiming for. It makes me want to really carry on. Once again, thanks again for you encourgement and kind words.

  6. Charlene

    Thanks Kathy,
    These articles about protagonists are very helpful for me, as I hadn’t understood what members of my writers’ group meant when they said something was missing from my piece.

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