Have Your Interviewed Your Protagonist?

Hello and welcome to this new writing tip!

Here’s an idea to help you with your writing:

Interview your main character. Ask about their life – what they like and dislike, their home, their family, their friends, their upbringing. What are their strengths and weaknesses – their gifts, and the things they struggle with. What happened in their past to bring them to this place? What will they hope happens in the future? If they could wish for anything, what would it be? What might happen if they don’t act?

You can probably think of lots more questions to ask! This exercise will help you get to know your protagonist well, and therefore make him or her all the more real to readers. The better your readers know your character (as long as they like him or her!) the more they will need to keep reading to make sure everything goes well for them and that they win through at the end of the story…

Let me know if you do this! I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

While I’m here, this is the last call if you’d like to join the last Write for a Reason Academy of 2020. We spend a whole week looking at your protagonist, so you can have the perfect character to engage and delight your readers. I hope to do the course again next year, but I can’t guarantee it, so if you’ve been thinking about it, perhaps now is the time to just do it? I’d love to help you with your writing – you will learn more than you can imagine, and who knows what next year will bring? Maybe now is your time. Here’s the link, anyway – do take a look. And if it’s not for you right now, could you pass it on to a friend?

Blessings to you and yours,


P.S. I hopped on to facebook to do a quick ‘live’ on the topic of interviewing your protagonist – please find it below. 🙂

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