Asked by: April Carter
Can the protagonist be a side character?
Some writers like to mix it up by choosing someone that does not have the central role in the story and tell the story from their perspective. This is the Supporting Protagonist: someone who would normally be a secondary character by conventions of the genre but is actually the main character in the story.
Can there be 2 protagonists in a story?
Dual protagonists are characters who are both the central actors in a story, work toward a shared or similar goal, and take up approximately the same amount of screen time. Like most protagonists in film, they must both embark on inner and outer journeys that culminate in an emotional or physical change.
Do short stories focus on only one character?
In short stories there are usually fewer characters compared to a novel. They usually focus on one central character or protagonist.
What are side stories that happen alongside the main plot?
In fiction, a subplot is a secondary strand of the plot that is a supporting side story for any story or for the main plot. Subplots may connect to main plots, in either time and place or thematic significance. Subplots often involve supporting characters, those besides the protagonist or antagonist.
What is a deuteragonist?
Definition of deuteragonist
1 : the actor taking the part of second importance in a classical Greek drama. 2 : a person who serves as a foil to another.
Do side characters need arcs?
Unless you’re writing a generational epic with dozens of main characters, then you simply don’t need to chart arcs (positive, flat, or negative) for all your characters. Readers aren’t going to notice if every character has an arc. Even if they do, they may end up overwhelmed and confused.
Can you have 5 protagonists?
Just because a story has multiple POVs doesn’t necessarily mean there are multiple protagonists. However, you cannot have multiple protagonists without having multiple POVs because, as readers, we need to experience every storyline and character arc for a main character.
Can a villain be a protagonist?
Can the protagonist be the bad guy? Yes! Though not as common as traditional, heroic protagonists, or even anti-heroes with complex motivations, there are some fully malevolent villains that serve as the protagonists of their own stories.
What is the third protagonist called?
In literature, the tritagonist (from Ancient Greek τριταγωνιστής (tritagōnistḗs) ‘third actor’) or tertiary main character is the third most important character of a narrative, after the protagonist and deuteragonist. In ancient Greek drama, the tritagonist was the third member of the acting troupe.
What is a nested story?
A story within a story, also referred to as an embedded narrative, is a literary device in which a character within a story becomes the narrator of a second story (within the first one). Multiple layers of stories within stories are sometimes called nested stories.
What is an episodic plot?
The Episodic plot structure is made up of a series of chapters or stories linked together by the same character, place, or theme but held apart by their individual plot, purpose, and subtext.
What is sub plotting?
What Is a Subplot? In fiction writing, the definition of a subplot is a side story that runs parallel to the main plot. It has a secondary strand of characters and events that can infuse important information into the main storyline.
How many subplots is too many?
Unless you’re a master writer, you shouldn’t use more than 2 subplots to your main one.
What is ab story?
In screenplays, a B story refers to a secondary storyline with its own conflict that relates to the main character’s problems. The B story usually features secondary characters and their problems rather than having them support the main character(s). Quick Example: Whiplash (2014)
What makes a good subplot?
Your subplot should always support the main plot, not compete against it for the spotlight. While you can take subplots away from the main story, you should never be able to take away the main story from the subplot. A subplot that can stand alone should be its own story.
How do you make a subplot interesting?
A secondary plotline is more than just a quick event or conversation; it’s a narrative arc that needs its own beginning, middle, and end. Develop your story’s subplots accordingly, paying special attention to the characters’ goals, motivations, and the conflict they’ll experience (i.e. the GMC).
Are subplots necessary?
So, second question: Do you need subplots? The short answer is no. Subplots aren’t crucial to your story. In fact, too many subplots or the wrong kind of subplots can easily water down your main plot and theme and end up distracting readers.