Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (15 Powerful Protagonists)

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Powerful Protagonists

The protagonist is the chief actor, or main character, in your book. It might be a man or a woman, or even a fictional character with no gender (such as a tree). For today’s post, we’re going to refer to the protagonist as “him” for continuity’s sake.

Why is it important for your protagonist to be powerful? I don’t mean physically strong. I don’t even mean personally effective or likeable. Your protagonist may be on your readers’ hate list, but perhaps they have a grudging respect for him. I’m talking about powerful in terms of making an impact with your readers. A main character who doesn’t make an impact with your readers is going to lead you down the path to the dark side of being unpublishable.

In order to understand what makes him powerful, let’s look first at what makes him weak. A protagonist who is perpetually…

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