image credit: pixabay.com
Tell me, my protagonist, who are you, deep inside? Whisper to me. Paint a picture. What one word would describe your soul?
What lie do you believe that will propel you into uncharted territory? At your core, what is your dramatic truth?
What dreams haunt you, demand you obey? Tell me, what will you give up to seek them?
What makes you laugh? What is the one secret you refuse to tell? What is your darkest regret? Your greatest joy?
What part of you is broken? I won’t judge, I promise. I’m broken too.
Who are you beneath the mask, the hair color, the eyes that sparkle and shine? Tell me please, so I can know.
I’ve been asking these questions of my protagonist, Tipper Jones. Only with draft number three and answering these questions, do I have a feel for this elusive character.
What about you? How do you develop your protagonists? What questions do you ask of them? Care to share? I’d love to hear from you!