Triumphantly Real Heroes: Creating Your Protagonist


Welcome to the second episode of The Writers' Nook! Gary and Shayla discuss what they gleaned from the most recent workshop, Triumphantly Real Heroes: Creating Your Protagonist. Here's a quick rundown:

  • Why should Shayla read Crazy Rich Asians, and is it better than the movie?

  • Shayla is brainstorming her second novel while awaiting her content edits for The Suicide Tree. Gary is rewriting his current novel-in-progress.

  • Top Gary quotes from his first workshop, Shayla's favorite being: "Writing is beautiful in a way . . . that . . . you can do everything right and everything wrong."

  • Strange noises in the background, such as an alarm system beeping and the sound of coloring pencils on paper.

  • What does it mean to get real with yourself if you want to write a real protagonist?

  • Get out of your comfort zone as a writer . . . but how?

  • Be a stalker.

  • The controversial topic: Why does Romance sell the most? Yikes . . .

  • Minor characters: why we love them so much.

  • Tell the truth as a writer, and you'll sleep better at night.

  • Characterization tips of the day from Gary and Shayla.

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