By William King
I thought it would be interesting to hear views on whether or not you believe the main character in a story should be likeable. In the past I think it was a general rule that they should be. They might have one or two negative traits, but these would be understandable and even corrected before the end.
Today perhaps readers are more willing to accept a protagonist with multiple flaws to their character, some of which get explained as the story unfolds. It's much less pure escapism and much more real world, but are you able to empathise with a leading character who is very far from perfect?
Ever bothered how stories describe characters?
I read a lot that read out like a Grindr profile.
His height was 5'7", Age 28. Etcetera...
You know those? I just feel like there are better ways to go about someone descriptively. I mean, no one analyzes someone like that unless they're a robot. It just detaches from a character, I think. It's good for a bio but not in-story.
What about your thoughts, guys?
Here it is, the big question for any author. Regardless as to whether there story is designed for publishing online, offline or both.
How do I draft my piece?
First you have to decide whether you wish to build your draft in a word document or write it all up by hand. Secondly, How much detail are you going to go in too? Are you going to start with character building or profiling of the distinctive features of different species or sub-species. Maybe your just going to head straight in to the world you've built in your head and start the story. Then again you start mapping out your world and its land marks towns city's, countries and continents.
The big question I'm asking you authors here on GA is How do you draft out your piece and how much detail do you go into and what methods do you use?