Is Your Hero Worthy of Readers? by Natasha Sapienza

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When it comes to writing fantasy you can have the most epic world with ridiculously cool creatures, edge-of-your-tush action scenes, and magic galore. But if your main characters are lackluster, you’ll lose your readers.

World-building and all that good stuff is certainly important, but even a good story can’t survive without a hero worth rooting for. This is one of the reasons I greatly dislike jerky heroes, like Captain Kirk from Star Trek. He’s an immature womanizer who doesn’t really grow out of these fatal flaws. I’m not saying you should write a perfect character (although my hero is morally perfect because he represents Christ), but write a hero we will want to cheer on, and quickly come to love.

In my opinion this does mean he has to be pretty up-there on the moral scale. There does need to be something human about him. He can have a physical struggle or be torn between two characters, or insecure in the beginning. As long as it isn’t a major immoral issue that causes us to dislike the guy (or girl)l right off the bat.

Give your hero room to grow so your readers have something to look forward to. For instance, my hero is perfect in the moral sense, but he has yet to become physically perfect, and because of that, he needs help to survive. He is also completely aware of this fact so he’s at times haunted by the thought of failing his friends. Another flaw can be just that–the fear of failing. It’s human, but your hero can conquer it, and he eventually should.

Let your hero be bold. Let he or she always tell the truth, even if it gets them in trouble. Find a way to use his moral strengths against him. This makes for awesome tension, something necessary to have if you wanna keep your readers flipping the pages.

Your hero doesn’t have to have a romantic love-interest (mine doesn’t), but there does need to be a love-interest. It can be maternal; daughter and mother, paternal; son and father, a brother and sister, or simply two best friends. Showing that your hero has sacrificial love for another person is much more powerful–in my opinion–than a romantic physical attraction, though an element of guy-to-girl romance is good for your lady readers. But again, your hero doesn’t have to be romantically involved with anyone as long as he holds a deep love for someone.

So a quick overview.
If we’re gonna keep reading your fantasy novel, your hero needs:
 
1.) High moral standards.
 
2.) Room to grow.
 
3.) Struggles brought on by their values.
 
4.) A love-interest (does not need to be a romantic one).
 
Apply these aspects to your hero and he will become a person we want to keep reading about until the end.
 
To watch Natasha’s  awesome You Tube Video’s, click HERE.

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Natasha’s Bio:

Who am I?

If you would have told me four-and-a-half years ago that I’d be an author, I’d laugh and say, “Writing can be fun, but I’m an actress.” I’m glad the God I serve isn’t so limited in His thinking.

I have written over 180 blog posts, two novels, two ebooks, and I’m now working on a third as well as the second book in a high-fantasy trilogy, with acting on the back-burner.

What am I about?

I love Jesus and people. I particularly have a heart for youth and my generation (I’m twenty-three). I’m passionate about teaching others how to grow in their relationship with God and how to do relationships His way.

What do I do?

You already gathered that I write, but me and hubby also make relationship videos we share on YouTube. I serve in children’s ministry at a nondenominational Christian church as a fifth grade Bible teacher and theatre director.

Twitter name: @NatashaSapienza

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