Don’t Tear Down Your Protagonist

When I gave her Succubus to read for the first time, my wife hated my main character. "He's weak and needy," she said. I worked hard to figure out what she was responding to and found that I had written scenes where he was bullied, dominated, and needed to be bailed out by others. I fixed it by instinct. Then, at a writer's group, a colleague used the term "Don't Tear Down Your Protagonist" when critiquing another writer's work and it clicked. That is a principle I want to adopt for my writing. I explain how I learned and what to do with it in the video.


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