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An Open Letter to my Protagonist…

Tonight I tried a little exercise suggested from bloggers Uninspired Writers.

The idea is to get you thinking about your protagonist more and included some helpful pointers to ponder whilst writing.  It sounds easy enough doesn’t it?

I found it a lot more difficult than expected! however my character isn’t fully developed yet, mostly ideas with a general journey plotted for them so I couldn’t yet go into too much detail.  I might even try this again further down the line to see how the letter differs.

Here is what I said, I have kept the name hidden and used his animal type as the replacement name.

Dear Pig,

Thought’ I’d drop a little inspiration to you as I believe you’re not in a good place currently. It can’t be easy feeling down in the dumps especially living in a village that’s vibrant and full of life at every turn.  I hope one day your dreams will come true and that you’ll feel loved and be loved by someone who’ll never leave your side.

I heard that no one gives you the time of day, that must be difficult considering you have a lot of siblings to compete against, I would have thought it’d be easy for you to be amongst people but I guess I’m wrong there, sorry about that!

There is hope for you but you must have confidence in yourself and rise over the fear which battles internally.  There is a time for thinking and time for doing and I think you’ve done enough to finally go out into the world and show them what you’ve got.  Go get ‘em.

Looking forward to seeing what happens next.

I felt a bit uneasy writing this if I’m honest, I’m no good with personal expression especially when it’s so heart felt.  It is a personal exercise but on the plus side the result has given me a lot of questions to ask (and answer), more character development ideas and has actually helped the overall plot line, I can see it clearer in my head and my notes now.  So thanks to Uninspired Writers for inspiring! I definitely recommend giving this a go.

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"I loved writing as a child, loved making up silly stories. They came built-in to my brain, almost like an Ikea instruction manual. The focus these days is to figure out how to now turn them into books" Tanya Butler, June 2018

4 thoughts on “An Open Letter to my Protagonist…

  1. Thanks so much for liking my post and I’m glad that it led me to your blog- I am always excited to find other writers who are also trying to find time to write during the crazy, hectic mess of life. Good luck on your project and can’t wait to read more!

    P.S. I loved this open letter to your protagonist- it’s definitely something I plan to try with my own characters too.

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    1. Thanks Freiya, I’m juggling between the writing and blogging, the latter is new so I’m learning on the job in a way but doing it has keep me motivated rather than just sitting in front of the TV all night long wishing dreams would come true.

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