Challenge your protagonist

Plot and character are driven by story physics, which the enlightened writer recognizes as independent but interrelated essences. Dramatic tension is introduced, ratcheted up through pacing, and ultimately resolved on the plot stage. With character, plot takes on relevance and significance, which opens up the door to empathy and first-person experience.

By understanding the subtleties of subtext and internal conversation, you’ll be able to turn your notion into a tension-driven stage on which this plays, giving your characters a life and realism you never imagined possible. Almost usually, characters are more engaging and likable when they’re engaged in some sort of activity rather than just contemplating or waxing poetically. There is frequently a noticeable disconnect between one’s inner ideas and actions and attitudes on the outside.


challenge protagonist - Turbo


That chasm is something that the majority of people deal with on a daily basis, sometimes even 24 hours a day. The introvert who has to fake confidence and friendliness in order to fit in. The individual who hides their insecurities under a mask of arrogance.

The individual who conforms in order to fit in, despite the fact that this is not their true nature. The spouse who isn’t really in it when it comes to their relationship. The individual who appears calm but is actually filled with rage, hatred, bitterness, and terror. Positive and negative emotions are a product of one’s internal discourse. However, not all inner noise is audible.

Inner dialogues between the devil and the angel make a protagonist more human

Even the most heroic and villainous characters have inner dialogue to some degree, because they understand the difference between their true feelings and beliefs and how they choose to behave or look as a result. This is called the hero’s or villain’s dilemma. There’s a constant struggle going on inside your head. On one shoulder, the devil, and on the other, the angel. …or at the very least, the voice of reason, wearing one of the two hats mentioned above.



Readers will also be able to identify with the character’s inner monologue, which heightens the reader’s sense of empathy.

So, what are we going to do to efficiently challenge your protagonist

When you get to know someone well, you become more sensitive to what’s going on within his or her mind.

There is a good chance that you are one of these inner talkers because you are a human being. The more you know, the more you can use it in your stories. Now suppose you’re writing a story about this person—or about yourself. A dramatic occasion might be an ideal time to convey this underlying conflict revealed by an inner debate.


challenge protagonist - woody jealousy


Entering a busy space. Lying about your activities the night before. The first time you approach a woman about going out with you. Faking happiness while having suicidal thoughts. Too many people have lived a fictitious existence. Empathy will be evoked from readers on both sides of the hero-villain debate if your narrative depicts it skillfully. You’ve just added another arrow to your character-building quiver by realizing this.

Deepen your exploration to your heart’s content while carefully selecting your moments to bring out the most revelation, suspense, and complication. Your story will stand out if it has this level of complexity.

In a nutshell, plot and protagonist character are driven by story physics. Dramatic tension or challenging protagonist help a plot take on relevance and significance. It then opens up the door to empathy from audience.

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