This is part 2 in a series called The Epic Guide to Character Creation. In this part I will show you different heroine archetypes. I will provide examples of characters from both literature and movies/TV-series to provide you with an overall understanding of fictional characters.
This is part 1 in a series called The Epic Guide to Character Creation. In this part I will show you how to categorize your characters. Characters are one of the essential pillars of a story. Every writer should know that. Take that pillar away and the story will fall apart.
The truth is that in every sensational story is an extraordinary character (or, even better, more than one). Extraordinary characters do much more than just advance the plot. Extraordinary characters jump off of the page and grip the heart of the reader. You want that just as much as any other writer, right?
In whatever fictional story you’re writing, you need a protagonist (main character) with a goal. The goal of your protagonist makes your story interesting and engaging for the reader. It makes the reader want to know what happens to your character and wonder if he/she reaches his/her goal. Added to that, you need to have obstacles, something that keeps your protagonist from reaching his/her goal. If there are no obstacles in your story it will fall flat and be boring. That’s the honest truth.