Humble Jobs For A Story’s Protagonist? Yes, Absolutely!February 21, 2013 | 7:11 am | Journal: on writing, updates | 0 comment
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. :)
Author: Luana Spinetti
I’m a freelance writer and a cartoonist based in Italy.