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Evasive Protagonist Syndrome: Diagnosis and Treatment [Kirstin Valdez Quade]

All Levels. We’ll tackle one of the most common problems of early story drafts: the evasive protagonist. Our characters can be sullen and reticent, unwilling to plumb their own depths, unwilling to address what is most painful and uncomfortable. They have a million and one reasons for not wanting to reveal themselves to the reader—or to themselves—yet a successful story depends on complicated, layered, and, above all, present characters. We’ll discuss the sure signs you have an evasive protagonist on your hands and explore specific, practical fixes. Come ready to write and to hold your protagonist’s feet to the fire.

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