Although every protagonist is the hero of their own story, the hero is a step above the typical character. The hero is the fearless leader of the space mission.
Creating a hero every reader will bond with and root for can make for some memorable fiction, the kind of story where the hero walks off the page and lingers in a reader’s mind forever.
3 Tips for writing heroes:
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Physical superiority, like super powers, is only one type of weapon in the hero arsenal. Heroes will use whatever they can get their hands on to defeat evil. It might be a weapon, an act of self-sacrifice, out-smarting their foe, or the gifts of fate. Heroes are goal oriented; they don’t care how the job gets done, as long as it’s done.
Heroes always face enormous challenges. Sometimes they face them reluctantly, and only after someone or something forces their hand. Heroes are often soul searchers, fighting to do the morally just thing in a morally ambiguous situations. Heroes often don’t see themselves are heroes. They tend to focus on the flaws that make them vulnerable. They may see their strengths not as a gift, but more as a curse.
Heroes work like magnets on the other characters. The may try to repel those they love to protect them, while simultaneously drawing in countless admirers. Heroes often flock together, like birds. They don’t always love the company of other heroes and they will try to establish a pecking order. They will also recognize other heroes (and sometimes villains) are the only ones that understand their unique struggles. This makes for character bonds that develop over time and in interesting ways.
2 Examples of worthy heroes:
My go to source for heroes is always Tolkien. There are so many hero types to study. You have unlikely heroes with Frodo, Sam and the other Hobbits. You have the warrior heroes, Aragorn, Legolas and a host of powerhouse fighters. You have Gandalf for a hero who uses intellectual powers. It’s a smorgasbord of heroes.
I also really love the TV show PRIMEVAL for heroes, mostly because it’s another great ensemble cast, something I’m crazy about, and the heroes are not who we expect them to be. I love how every character has a moment to shine and kick some dinosaur a**.
1 Link for more help:
We love our heroes, so I had many options for this link. Try this one from Heather.
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