I am serious; great heroes need to be dragged through the mud physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically. Maybe not in that order, but very often at the same time. Each hurt should be painful, wrenching, vivid and altering (if not downright scarring). This applies to comedy, tragedy, drama, fantasy, action adventure, and mysteries.
Yep, to be a writer you must hurt your hero. The worse, the better. Why? Because audiences LOVE it! (More on that in a bit.) First, let me explain my theory of The Four Primary Hurts of the Protagonist.
I am of the belief that over the course of a good story, the protagonist will experience 4 primary hurts.
- Their current hurt.
- A fresh hurt.
- The back story hurt.
- The healed hurt.
Since this is going to be a little series, I’ll leave it here today cause the next few posts dive fairly deep.However, a good idea is to take a look at some of your favorite works, your favorite stories and start viewing them through the perspective of “the hero’s pain”. It’s fun and interesting.