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HEY WRITERS OF ALL KINDS AND AGES AND MAYBE EVEN DNDERS OR TABLETOP GAMERS ARE YOU READY FOR SOMETHING SUPER RAD? I HOPE SO ‘CAUSE
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|do you know any active beta readers?|
Also, I would be willing to help you out if you couldn’t find anyone.
I hope I helped!
|How do you make a likeable/sympathetic protagonist if that protagonist is beyond being just an anti-hero and more like a villain? Like they do have redeeming qualities but they're outweighed by their asshole qualities so traditional "how to make a sympathetic character" guides don't help much. Is there anything I can do to make them more appealing outside of that? Thank you!!|
Ah, yes. I am struggling with this one as well, so let’s see if this helps you and me, hm?
- Humor. People will forgive a lot for a good sense of humor, especially if it’s self-deprecating.
- Character realizes faults. The character is aware of their failings in personality and life. What they choose to do with that knowledge is up to you. A character who tries to rectify their faults but fails - well, at least they tried. A character who knows they can’t change their ways (a soldier who can’t stop fighting without being shot for cowardice) may try to change in little ways or doesn’t change and acknowledges it. That may lend a cast of tragedy to your story and everyone likes someone they can cry over. *cough* superwholock *cough*
- Back to the start. Your character began has a good person and your audience was introduced to him when he was a shining paragon of goodness. Then they follow his descent into evilness, but they justify everything along the way so that it doesn’t seem so bad. Then you turn your protagonist/audience around and let them see the flaming path of destruction they’ve wreaked. Links back to #2.
- These posts. You can check out Heroic Traits and Their Faults in addition to Villainous Traits and Their Virtues to find some more good/bad qualities your character has.
- These posts. Likable Characters and Likable Bastards.
Some resources for those writing medieval-type stories:
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So, let’s say you’re about fifteen thousand words into your story when you realize, “Holy cow, I hate everything I’ve written. This is horrible. Everything about this is horrible. I can’t write, I don’t know what to do, I’m—”
Stop. You’re freaking yourself out.
The storytelling elements:
1. The Contract
In the very beginning, you have to make a promise. Will this be violent? Scary? Fun? Tense? Dramatic?
2. The Pull
Keep it light in the beginning. You don’t want to scare people away by being too dense — you must trust The Contract.
3. The Incident
This is the event that sets everything in motion. Should occur early and keep the story together.
4. The Reveal
Just before the Point Of No Return, the main character learns what the story is really about.
5. Point Of No Return
The forces of good are faced with an impossible decision that concerns fear, safety, love, hate, revenge or despair.
Sorry, but you must allow the the forces of evil to have an epic win.
7. All-Is-Lost Moment
The moment where all is lost. You must portray the deepest despair for the forces of good.
8. News Of Hope
This is the possibility for one of the side characters to shine. A light that shines into the total darkness of the moment.
The shit hits the fan and the good puts everything at stake and overcomes — despite impossible odds.
10. The End
Public displays of relief and happiness, love and forgiveness. It’s great! We also learn that the hero has evolved.
Article from Doktor Spinn written by Jerry Silfwer aka Doktor Spinn
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