5 Qualities of a Compelling Protagonist

Your protagonist is the most important part of your story. Do you know how to make readers love your protagonist as much as you do?

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Why do some stories immediately pull you into them while others bore you?

What is it about the stories you love that keep you turning the pages time and time again, no matter how many times you read it?

Or, to put it another way, what makes a book really enjoyable and enticing--and how can you replicate that in your own book?

The more that I’ve read books and studied bestselling novels, the more I’ve realized the biggest thing that separates enjoyable stories from boring stories is that enjoyable stories have unique, compelling protagonists that readers immediately latch onto.

Readers aren't going to care about your twisting plots or your complex themes if you don’t have a compelling protagonist.

That's what this course is going to teach you how to do.

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About Ink Slinger Mini Courses

Ink Slinger Mini Courses are built on the premise that many writers don't have time to take an intensive course on every writing subject.

Sometimes, you just need to get a solid foundation on core writing principles really fast.

That's what you get in each of these mini courses.

Each Ink Slinger Mini Course is between twenty and thirty minutes long and gives you the crash course you need to go out and write.

Sometimes a short course means a simple course that only covers the basics. That's not what I'm doing here. I don't want to waste your time with simple lessons.

Instead, each minicourse will take a common writing topic like genres or characters or plotting and approach it with a unique perspective that helps you situate the topic in the context of our overall goal as storytellers: to tell stories that both delight and instruct readers. These courses aren't as comprehensive as my main courses. But they aim to be an effective shortcut to help you start working on your story immediately.

Skeptical I can pack enough depth into 20-30 minutes? That's why I offer a 30 day money back guarantee with every course I sell. If you take one of my courses and don't feel like this course helped you as a storyteller, simply shoot me an email at [email protected] and I'll give you a full refund. So feel free to simply try a course out and see if it helps!


What This Course Covers

This mini course unpacks the five key characteristics that all compelling protagonists have. Each lesson will cover a different characteristic and explain what that characteristic is, why it's essential to a compelling protagonist, and how to weave it effectively in your story. Check out the course syllabus below to see what you'll be learning.


Do You Want to Learn How to Write a Compelling Protagonist?

Now, it's up to you.

Do you struggle with knowing how to replicate those amazing characters you see in the stories you read?

Do you want to learn how to create compelling protagonists that can carry an entire story without effort?

If you want to learn about the five essential qualities of a compelling protagonist, now is your chance.

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Your Instructor

Josiah DeGraaf
Josiah DeGraaf

I'm Josiah DeGraaf, a high school English teacher, the fiction content manager for the Young Writer's Workshop, and the editor-in-chief of Story Embers. My goal is to help writers craft stories that both teach and delight their readers. The best stories, after all, are both entertaining and meaningful. And so, over the past seven years, I've been helping writers accomplish this through my work at Kingdom Pen, the Young Writer, and Story Embers, along with the dozens of writers I've personally mentored and trained. I'd love to help you take your storycraft to the next level.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.