What Makes a Hero and Why Is It So Hard to Write One?

This article is written off of an idea presented in The Art of Subtext by Charles Baxter page 115. Please enjoy.

Why do writers find it so hard to write certain conflicts? Have you ever known what scene needs to be written next but just can’t seem to write it? Or maybe you have a character that is constantly avoiding conflict? Well, the root of this problem isn’t with your ability as a writer instead it lies in the quandary of being a writer.

In life, we actively avoid all the conflicts we would put in our books. So it can be tricky to find a reason why your character would just walk right into danger. Writing depressed characters can often be the hardest as the author may not be able to convince the character to stay alive.

A hero is really the person or character that sees danger and finds a reason to walk right into it. They save others before themselves and don’t get stressed about having to make hard desitions.

It can be hard as a young writer to draw the line between fiction and reality. We can find it hard to not be the hero and end up putting ourselves in bad situations because we didn’t proceed with caution. Or else we might end up with flat characters.

I find this whole idea very interesting and somewhat out of my league. If you have anything to add please do so in the comments below!

If you enjoyed this then you may also like my post The One Trait All Main Characters Have

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