To continue the series about the Elements of a Great Book, I’m discussing characters and their roles. Last time, we discussed the importance of the protagonist, or your MC, and the antagonist – the source of the problems. (And YES – I am repeating some information from previous Blogs – I feel these points are THAT important.)
Some of the questions a writer must ask themselves as they work on their story are: Are your characters believable? Do they behave in the manner the reader should expect? And lastly, are they relatable?
While the characters will move the story along, it is essential that all of the answers to all of the questions listed above are a resounding, ‘Yes,’ the storyline doesn’t advance, but leaves the reader questioning the believability of your prose.
Another facet of your main character to be evaluated is if the protagonist is really the author. Sometimes, rather than write a memoir, a new writer may take something that happened to them and attempt to fictionalize it. These stories usually fall flat or aren’t interesting enough to carry the entire novel. (This is a pitfall that the writer should avoid – IF you wish to discuss events from your life, write a memoir.)
In the next blog, we will conclude the discussion on characters.