The Main Protagonist in a novel is the character who is going after the Main Story’s objective.
To a huge number of writers this has been obvious from the moment they picked up their quill to pen a fabulous Bard-like opus.
I’ve been writing short stories since the age of eight. I’m now 73, and I just truly understood this a couple of days ago, as I revised a scene in the eighth draft of my first novel.
It came about when I realised that two other characters had been going after the main story’s objective, before my main character was pulled in and had to take over.
The main character at the top of my novel is the one through whose lens the story is experienced and narrated. When she is pulled into the main story, she merges with the protagonist’s role and takes on the challenge of driving the main story and going after the objective.
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