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Creating Proactive vs. Reactive Characters

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“Readers tend to like characters who are struggling to achieve a goal. This simple principle can be invaluable in creating sympathetic protagonists.

  • Characters working toward a goal are active characters.
  • Characters who aren’t working toward a goal are reactive.

Reactive characters are much weaker than active characters, and we tend not to like them. Unfortunately, many writers end up unknowingly creating reactive protagonists.”

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    I have one of these, and I really couldn’t come up with a way to fix her. I had to ditch the story. I call her passive,...
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