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04:30 pm: How to let your protagonist make mistakes


Date:November 27th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)

Plot vs. Character Dilemma

So, I read your article. And it brings to mind something I need help with. I read books all the time where the protagonist makes so really obvious mistake, and even though its plausible, it infuriates me that they do it. So when I right, I try to make everything turn out like its "supposed to," to spare readers those Head-against-the-wall moments. The problem is that this also makes the plot rather linear and over-simple. Well, not the plot really, more like the path the character takes to get to the end of the plot is too simple. But how can I avert that without these annoying "why did you do that?" prolonged struggles? (Also, I'd rather not have certain of my characters die.)
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