Elements of a Great Book – Characters and their Roles (cont’d)

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.

Until next time,

~Mustang Patty~

Published by Mustang Patty

I am finally a full-time author, who writes legal thrillers, how-to- books, short stories, flash fiction, a tiny bit of poetry, and Blog posts. My published works include 'Guilty until Proven Innocent,' 'Innocent for the Moment,' and 'Moment by Moment.' This is a trilogy called the Jill Adair Series. Additionally, I've written a collection of short stories about my dogs, Howie and Bernie - with a 2nd Collection coming in late 2021. I'm also coordinating an Anthology of Short Stories called, '2021 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology.' This book will be available on Amazon.com on August 1st of 2021. (The 2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology is currently available on Amazon.com - the collection includes 30 stories, written by 18 different Authors from three continents.) I am married to my wonderful hubby of over 37 years, and I have two grown children, named Heather and Gregory. I've been blessed with two beautiful grandbabies, Heather Rose and Logan Ernest.

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