Have you ever hit a rut with your main character? Was said character just not as interesting as other characters in the story? Perhaps, like me, you made this common mistake: You’ve written a BORING MC.
“Oh, no!” you say. “Not I!”
Ok. Maybe so, maybe not.
But here are a few ways you can tell, courtesy of my dear friend Don M. from the IWW list:
1. You didn’t firmly and clearly establish your protagonist within the first five pages. You may have introduced your cast, and left the main character as part of the group.
2. You don’t have an inciting incident within the first five gages, or 2,000 words.
3. You didn’t establish a story-worthy problem for your protagonist in the first chapter. This is the problem or goal that isn’t resolved until the end of the novel.
4. Without all of these critical story elements, your story is going to drift. Fix the first chapter, and [this] problem…won’t happen.
I found Don’s advice to be enlightening and very helpful in rewrites, and Dragon Kin progresses steadily onward.
Wish me luck.