Posted on 11/20/2018 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s the golden era in literature for imperfect protagonists.

With authors and readers fully embracing sometimes-unsympathetic female leads, along with the male characters who long enjoyed that option, how then do we define a protagonist?

David Corbett has that answer: “What makes characters compelling or fascinating is their capacity to surprise.”

Learn how to make your complex character also fascinating to readers in his column on Writer’s Digest

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