Monday, April 11, 2011
I IS FOR INACTIVE HERO
What's the remedy? A PROACTIVE hero. If he/she isn't proactive, he/she isn't the hero!
Here's a simple checklist you could use to discover if you're having this issue in your manuscript.
1. Is your hero's goal clearly stated in the set-up of the novel?
2. Does your character seek out clues or do they just come to him/her?
3. Is your character active or passive?
4. Do other characters tell your character what to do or does he/she tell them?
Some examples of very proactive heroes:
1. Harry Potter: "The Harry Potter Series"
2. Jace Wayland/Morgenstern/Lightwood (To me, he's just Jace!): "The Mortal Instruments"
3. Katniss Everdeen: The Hunger Games
4. Bianca Piper: The DUFF
5. Alex Fuentes: Perfect Chemistry
6. Patch: Hush, Hush
How does your hero stand up to these? Is he/she proactive or inactive?