Type it Out Tuesday: Creating Your Protagonist

One of the biggest struggles with creating a new story, is developing the characters, mainly the protagonists.

They are the central part of your story of course, so it is important to develop meaningful characters that you can base your story off of.

If you needed some help with creating your protagonist, or even an important side character, check out a few of these websites below.

They’ve got a lot of good ideas and tips to help you get the wheels rolling.

Hope they help!

8 Character Development Exercises

How to Create a Successful Protagonist

How to Build a Character

How to Create Authentic and Powerful Fictional Characters

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Type it Out Tuesday: June 4

Type it Out Tuesday: June 4

Everyone needs a bit of creative inspiration now and then. There’s no shame in admitting it.

Maybe you want to write a romance book. Those are always popular. Boy meets girl, boy meets boy, girl meets alien life form she believed to be human. Love knows no bounds

Well I’ve got 5 solid romantic writing prompts for you, some a bit bizarre, some probably a bit cliche.

Hope you enjoy!

Write a story about a road trip between two old friends that turns into something more.

A duo of very inept wingmen.

You’re at a party when you spot a ex. Quick, you urgently have to pretend to be dating the nearest person, who happens to be very attractive.

In biblical times, men had many wives and most marriages were arranged. Use time travel to develop a story that depicts how love, romance, and marriage have changed throughout the centuries.

They say love is blind, and it makes people do strange things. Write about a character who is blinded by love or who does strange or dangerous things for the object of his or her desire.

Write your story…not someone else’s.

Write your story…not someone else’s.

When I started blogging, I never thought that anybody outside of my friends and family would read it.

I mean I’m just an average guy from a smaller capital city in Canada. There’s nothing special about me. I’m not a genius, or a fantastic writer, or even overly successful. I’m okay with all that of course, but I still don’t expect anyone to read this blog I’ve thrown together.

What’s really surprised me, and has made me excited to keep posting, is seeing what countries my readers are from. Canada is the most popular country for my readers at the moment, but the United Kingdom is quickly catching up to them, so for all my UK fans, HELLO! thanks for being your awesome self, and beat these damn Canadians! I know you can do it!

One of my “goals” is to have the WordPress map completely colored in one day which would be so cool! I check the progress every now and then and slowly but surely more countries are being added to the list.

When I started this blog, I did a bit of research into how blogs work, how people come up with ideas, how to get more viewers, and different things like that. I actually had a few pages of notes that I wanted to follow, but I soon dropped all of that.

I didn’t want to fit into some formula that other people made. I didn’t want to do the same things other people were doing. Where is the fun in that anyways?

I’m Andrew, I’m not Peter, or Martin, or Susan, or Erika. I’m me, and I am going to do what I want.

Yeah, my ideas might not be the best, and they are definitely not the most popular, but I like them. I enjoy making them. Some are more fun than others, and some are easier to write, but in the end, I like them all for some reason.

I mentioned a piece yesterday that was all about not taking writing advice from other people, and just doing it your way, and that’s what I want to do. I’ll take advice along the way. I’ll steal ideas and make them my own. I’ll do what I want to do because I’m me, and On My Bookshelf is my voice.

You have to be true to yourself. At the end of the day, the only person you are stuck with for eternity is yourself, and if you can’t enjoy you, or enjoy what you’re doing, then what’s the point?

I don’t come up with some elaborate script for my blog posts, or write every post with the same analytical process every time.

I write in my own way, and if that gives me less followers than someone who posts in the same format as everyone else, I am fine with it.

Don’t let others tell you no. If you want to try something, then try it. Don’t let others say this is a bad book, or that’s a bad makeup line. If you like it, then own it.

Be the outlier.

Be you.

People might want this picture perfect idea that hundreds of thousands of people change themselves to fit into, but you shouldn’t want to be everyone else. You should want to be you.

Love your quirks, love your weirdness, write how you want to write, tell the story you want to tell.

Anyways that’s it for my little “rant”. I just feel it’s important to do things the way you want to do them, not how other people want you to do them.

Type it Out Tuesday: April 23

Type it Out Tuesday: April 23

We are back ladies and gentlemen, and I’ve got a few Six Word Stories for you to enjoy.

As always, let me know what you think in the comments.

The smallest coffins are the heaviest

 

Voyager still transmitted, but Earth didn’t.

 

One bullet is a lifetime’s supply

Type it Out Tuesday: April 9

Type it Out Tuesday: April 9

I’m back for yet another week of writing prompts for you, and this week’s are really good. I hope you enjoy them, and as always, I’d love to hear what ideas come to mind when you read them.

A terrorist group has been infiltrated by so many agencies that it is now run by spies, unbeknownst to the spies themselves.

This fact becomes apparent to an actual extremist who joins their group.

 

You were born with a birth mark the shape of a 9 on your wrist.

One day you get in a fatal car accident, and suddenly wake up in a strange room.

The first thing you notice is the 9 has changed to an 8.

Type it Out Tuesday: March 12

Type it Out Tuesday: March 12

Today you’re going to get an extra special treat. I’ve got two different writing prompts for you.

“All humans beings have absolute control over what they do and do not remember.

When combing through some historical documents, you realise that, ten years ago, there were three days of history which every single human beiong in the world chose to forget.”

I really like the idea of the first one. With all the potential for conspiracy theories I think people can do a lot with it.

“You’re a local healer, a good one, and your people love you. But you do not truly heal wounds, merely transfer them… 

The people of the valley below know you under a different name. 

I like the idea of this one too. I think it could be a good start to a fantasy short story or short novel.

As always, I would love to hear any ideas you have with these ones. I’d love to read anything you make of them or talk with you about any ideas of how you’d make these stories go.

Let me know in the comments!

Type it Out Tuesday: February 26

I’m really excited for this weeks writing prompt. I just happened to be scrolling through social media and came across a meme that had the Devil from Futurama, and instantly this week’s writing prompt popped into mind.

I hope you all enjoy it, and as usual, if you make anything of it I’d love to read it.

Years ago, you sold your soul to the devil.

Suddenly he appears before you, giving you your soul back and asking for a favour.

I think this one has a lot of different paths it could follow, which makes it exciting. When I first thought of it I already had a few ideas pop into mind as to how I would continue this story.

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