Humble Jobs For A Story’s Protagonist? Yes, Absolutely!

February 21, 2013 | 7:11 am | Journal: on writing, updates |    0 comment

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What if a character of mine worked for a service like Maid to Please?

I’m sure you know what I mean.

Humble jobs. Yet jobs filled with love and passion for what people do.

One of my newest fictional characters, Reina Pater, works for a house-cleaning service. Only for some time in her story, but yes, she does. And it doesn’t make her a cybernetic Cinderella.

The cleaning job actually teaches her to be more human-like. She learns what it means to be a human being with all the hopes, sacrifices and dreams involved. She grows as a character and as a person.

In the past, I used to give my protagonists big jobs. They’re important persons in my stories, aren’t them? So why not giving them important jobs, too?

But I was SO WRONG!

Nothing makes a character more approachable, credible and close to the reader than a character who embraces humility in his or her life. Then s/he can grow out of it, but the first part of a story should show some sacrifice on the protagonist’s behalf.

Try it. Then let me know what your readers think.

I’m sure they’re going to fall in love with your protagonist. :)

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