In order to learn enough about your protagonist to effectively write about him you need to conduct a follow up interview that focuses on details you need to develop the story. This follow up may interview look short, but should take longer than the initial interview. The two questions you need to answer are:
- What major weakness undermines your protagonist’s strong personality traits?
- The protagonist needs to be likable so avoid weaknesses that will make people permanently loathe him.
- What monstrous problem does the protagonist have to overcome?
- The problem should prey on the weakness. The final struggle to overcome the weakness should be part of the victory of the story.
- Remember to never let the protagonist know he is going to succeed in overcoming this weakness. Let him face a complex set of problems that require his strong personality traits to overcome the issues. Ultimately the sacrifice of his weakness should be required for him to triumph.
Your secondary characters should only have one fundamental problem to solve. Do not try to get to know your secondary characters as well as your protagonist. If you do you will be tempted to develop too many complex characters which will result in a convoluted plot.
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