The 3 Types of Plot Goals

Plot Goal

Stories start with plot goals. While many writers point to conflict, or even the antagonist, as the first element of plot, in reality, it’s a Plot Goal that kicks plot off. You can’t have meaningful conflict, if there isn’t a goal in place. And at its heart, an antagonist is what is opposing the protagonist’s […]

Writing a Passive Protagonist?

Writing a Passive Protagonist

Passive protagonists are often frowned upon in the writing world. They don’t influence the plot enough and make it harder for readers to get invested in them, and the story. Learn about passive protagonists and how to make them active. One of the most common pieces of writing advice given in regards to protagonists, is […]

Handling Multiple Viewpoints

When you’re writing a novel, you will find that if you stick to only one point of view, it can be rather stifling.  The problem becomes that your protagonist must always be doing something interesting—fighting the good fight, running from villains, solving crimes, falling in and out of love, and so on.  Not only does […]

Heroes and Anti-heroes

How to Write Heros and Anti-Heros

When you’re writing a novel, you may create a protagonist who is “heroic,” or one who is an “anti-hero.” But do you know the difference between the two? A heroic character is typically likeable. That means that he is often in pain—perhaps both physically and emotionally scarred. He also cares deeply about others, enough that […]