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The Draw of the Alpha Hero: Cognitive Dissonance and the Modern Woman

I consider myself to be an independent, intelligent, feminist woman, and am proud to call myself these things. While not romantically inclined in my personal life, I find myself attracted to romantic fantasies in my reading habits—sometimes I struggle with … Continue reading

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Staring into the Abyss: Finding the Characters

Usually, my ideas start with a world. Then I try to find the conflict, the story, and maybe some of the plot. This involves finding the protagonist, the antagonist, maybe a few other key players. But at some point, the … Continue reading

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Two Effective Types of Antagonists

There are as many kinds of antagonists as there are stories, but from what I’ve observed, there are two types which are particularly effective. The first type is a sympathetic antagonist. The word ‘sympathetic’ can mean several different things, but … Continue reading

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Finding the Hero

Note: When I say “hero,” I mean the protagonist of any gender. Because I’ve decided I want a single protagonist (whether or not I go with a single POV), I have to develop a character that is at the center … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Antihero

I wrote last week about the downsides of an “ordinary” protagonist, and about how I wanted to seek out an “extraordinary” protagonist. This means a character with history, with personality, with awareness and a pre-established identity. This sort of character … Continue reading

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Ordinary vs. Extraordinary Protagonists

When you are raised on Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and Star Wars and other classic hero’s journey stories, it is all too tempting to begin with an ordinary protagonist who is thrown into extraordinary circumstances. It increases … Continue reading

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