40 Days of 3 Questions – Day 27

Welcome to 40 Days of 3 Questions!

For the next few weeks, meet here every morning with a notebook or document to answer three questions about writing, about your status quo as a writer, or about the writing life. You can answer briefly and go about your day, or you can use this as a warm up exercise before your regular writing schedule. Whatever works for you, works for me.

Day 27 Questions:

  1. In your current project, how does your protagonist handle situations she/he can’t control?
  2. Is this a character flaw or strength?
  3. Does the character’s reaction to these situations cause drama or emotional upheaval (or both)?

You may post answers in comments or keep your thoughts private–your choice!

And here is today’s pretty picture:

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How well does your protagonist know him/herself?

7 thoughts on “40 Days of 3 Questions – Day 27

  1. n your current project, how does your protagonist handle situations she/he can’t control? The Inner Worrier. She relies on her experience and skill.
    Is this a character flaw or strength? Strength so far.
    Does the character’s reaction to these situations cause drama or emotional upheaval? Yes, often. She’s navigating in a man’s world and they aren’t used to her knowing more than them.

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  2. 1.) In your current project, how does your protagonist handle situations she/he can’t control? She is an independent thinker who uses her close friends to hash out situations. If they’re not around, she handles the situation herself.
    2.) Is this a character flaw or strength? Yes. There is always strength in a collaboration but it can also dilute a strong solution.
    3.) Does the character’s reaction to these situations cause drama or emotional upheaval (or both)? Yes 😉

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  3. My protagonist begins the story as an observer of problems because she lacks the confidence to do anything. She comes from a time where men handled all things, plus she was raised by an overbearing mother. Her lack of self esteem is certainly a character flaw. As the story continues she realizes to get what she needs she must rely on her own gut feelings and ignore what others say even if they call her crazy. Her husband’s reaction is emotional because he truly is worried about her mental health and the situation becomes dramatic when her new found confidence endangers the safety of the killer.

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  4. In your current project, how does your protagonist handle situations she/he can’t control? The male protagonist tends to step back and re-evaluate, looking for the thing he can control. The female protagonist tends to be a bit impulsive and act before she even realizes she’s not in control.

    Is this a character flaw or strength? I think for both characters it’s strength and weakness. Re-evaluating can calm things down and bring some logic, but it may delay necessary action. Jumping first can result in an intuitive right action, but can also result in unnecessary danger.

    Does the character’s reaction to these situations cause drama or emotional upheaval (or both)? Both, I hope.

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  5. 1. In your current project, how does your protagonist handle situations she/he can’t control?
    That’s a good question and one for which I should have a ready answer. I had to think about it, though. I guess she relies on her good friend Yolanda. She talks everything out with her. They’ve been best friends since childhood. They’re very different, but love each other (platonically) very much.
    2. Is this a character flaw or strength?
    I think it’s an advantage to have someone like this. I don’t know that I would call it a strength. (Maybe I still don’t have that first answer.) It’s a drawback when Yolanda is the main suspect and she loses her as a talking and working-out-dilemmas buddy. She has to rely on her own ability to put things together and figure things out then. Maybe that’s her strength?
    3. Does the character’s reaction to these situations cause drama or emotional upheaval?
    I think a situation you can’t control will always cause emotional upheaval. She’s not the dramatic type, but Yolanda is.

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  6. 1. How protagonist handles situations she can’t control–She may react impulsively, such as driving herself to the police station when the cop wants her to go in a patrol car. She follows orders–but on her own terms.
    2. Is this a character flaw or strength? A bit of both. Her impulsiveness can get her in trouble, but her instincts often are on the mark.
    3. Does the character’s reaction to these situations cause drama or emotional upheaval? Yes, they do; she has to wonder about her choices. I hope her uncertainty adds tension to the plot.

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  7. In your current project, how does your protagonist handle situations she/he can’t control? I’m not sure. I haven’t thought about this.
    Is this a character flaw or strength? Interesting. It could go either way.
    Does the character’s reaction to these situations cause drama or emotional upheaval (or both)? I don’t know. Will be fun to find out. I’m working on developing this character now. I’m beginning to see that character development is a fluid process. She’s going to be challenged and grow in ways I probably won’t consider as I’m developing her. It’s almost like after the characters are drawn and while the outline is under construction that the characters will need a bit of adjustment.

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