Your main character has a problem

Take a good look at your main character. There’s a big problem. Don’t see it? Then there’s a bigger problem. Every Main character has at least two significant issues. One is where she is heading to, running from or trying to achieve). Every main character has a goal. The story tells how the main character either fails to reach or succeeds in obtaining that goal
The second problem the main character should have is an internal conflict. This could be a fear of heights, women, singing in public, the color red or even, god forbid, fear of books. The main characters is challenged by at least these two issues. In a novel, there are more challenges – the bully, ass and traitor.
If your main character doesn’t have at least two problems, then your story is lacking at least that many.


About 3by3 writing method

The author of 12 books, half of them textbooks, two novels and three self help. has struggled with his challenges of completion, distractions, plotting and writers block. Finally after getting stopped I stopped and analyzed what was going on and spent a lot of introspection, research and reading trying to locate the source of these issues. The result of was the 3by3 writing method - a three step program to start and then continue the process of completing a story all the way to publication.
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4 Responses to Your main character has a problem

  1. Randall says:

    I write poetry, but I see what you mean (since I sometimes write poems that have a story line). I will keep that in mind. Thank you for your informational article.

  2. Raven says:

    This shows how making a good main character. I always fail in this area. I sure hope I can learn from your post.. thanx for sharing

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