Mostly True Memoirs

FOCUS

A huge problem that I see in the scripts that I cover

is that the protagonist lacks focus.

The main character is going in too many directions.

He wants love.

He wants to win.

He wants revenge.

He wants to go home.

He wants to reconcile.

He wants redemption.

I advise writers to focus their protagonist.

Give him one single desire that drives him through the entire plot.

Are there exceptions to this rule?

Of course there are.

But an aspiring writer should master the basics first.

Yes, I know, I used “he” instead of “he/she.”

But I’m thinking of a specific script

in which the protagonist was male.

I gave the writer suggestions about refining the main character.

I can’t wait to read the revisions.

It will be a much better story when the protagonist is focused.

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2 thoughts on “FOCUS

  1. Very good point, Liz. I remember that I once wrote a poem where I wanted to generalize it to relate to everyone. So instead of focusing the protagonist and using simply “he” or “she”, all of my pronouns were “he/she” “his/her” “him/her”. Needless to say, the poem ended up being a DISASTER!! From that point on, I learned the importance of focusing the main character.

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