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The Mad Author
Jean Tennant

YOUR PROTAGONIST, PART 1

Posted Friday, June 3, 2011, at 11:47 AM
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  • I really like the character worksheet. What I wonder is should I fill it out for every character in my book? Some of the minor characters only appear once.

    -- Posted by farmergirl.sp on Fri, Jun 3, 2011, at 12:37 PM
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  • Is it always clear who the progaonist is? I just finished a book, So Much Pretty by Clara Hoffman. Very good. But I'm still not sure who the main character was. There were so many, with different chapters told from different point of views.

    -- Posted by JohnG1964 on Sun, Jun 5, 2011, at 8:49 AM
  • Use the Character Worksheet in full for your main characters, but for your secondary characters there's no need to fill out every detail. If you are adding a very minor character (a "walk on") I would fill out only the basic info - name, description, etc. Even if the character only appears once, it's still a good idea to have that information on file in case you need to refer to it again later.

    There's nothing worse (okay, maybe some things are worse) than rifling through a 300 page manuscript looking for a character's one appearance because you decide to refer to him again at a later date.

    Remember, even working from an outline, surprises do happen, and you might find a use later for a character you thought was going to appear only once. They have a way of doing that.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 10:13 AM
  • I read that book, "So Much Pretty" by Cara Hoffman. It was creepy, well done, and I couldn't put it down.

    Your confusion about the protagonist is understandable. There are several characters, a couple of which receive almost equal time. But I'd say the protagonist is Stacy Flynn, the reporter. Even though Alice is the catalyst around which the climax of the story revolves, Stacy is the observer of everything that's going on and the outsider who is obsessed with the small town's refusal to investigate a terrible crime.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 10:25 AM
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