Take this test to see if you (accidentally) created a wimp or cowardly character. Interpret the scores and follow the fixes to make him braver.
Your job as writer is to torture your protagonist. Put obstacles in his path. Make life difficult for him, make him work for everything he wants.
Getting the reader to care about your characters requires evoking the right emotion, empathy. This should not be confused with sympathy.
Surface problems reflect the actual story-worthy problem but are insufficient to sustain an entire story. Any author should have a firm understanding of the main problem as it helps to provide your protagonist with initial surface problems to kick of the action.
The hero and heroine archetypes help writers lay the foundation for characters, showing how they think, feel and what drives them.
The word “Hero” is Greek and it means “to protect and serve”. It is someone who would sacrifice his own needs to help others. In psychology terms, according to Freud, the individual consists of three layers. The it, the ego and the superego. The it represents desires and doesn’t care about right or wrong. The superego doesn’t care about anything other than right or wrong. The ego is left in the middle. It has the it telling it what it wants and the superego telling it what it shouldn’t want and the ego must mediate between the two.
Every story needs characters of some sort to tell the tale. The following 7 character roles are the essential roles in any story.
A story is about a problem. Your protagonist is the one experiencing the problem. Why? Because you, the writer, has designed him for it. The bigger the problem is, the bigger the person has to be, to be capable of resolving it. That’s why only your protagonist can resolve your story-worthy problem.