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Guidelines for writing Poems, Stories and Tales

What options are available to remove the protagonist and still have a story

Can you make a story without a protagonist?

Is it possible to have a story without a protagonist? Absolutely. It’s done all the time, just do some quick googles to find examples of this. Normally, it’s a smaller setting with less action, a larger scope with more characters, or everyone is bad and good, etc.

Can you have a story without an antagonist?

While your fiction doesn’t have to include an antagonist, it must have a series of compelling and persuasive obstacles that the main character must negotiate. What’s the difference? An antagonist is a specific presence that returns again and again throughout the fiction.

How can a story progress if there is no antagonist present?

Without the antagonist, there is no story. The antagonistic force is the obstacle between your character and his goal. Without that obstacle, the protagonist gets what he wants, no problem–and remains stagnated personally because he didn’t have to struggle to get it. Almost all authors understand this.

What are the 4 types of protagonist?

Most protagonists fit into one of the following four protagonist types: heroes, antiheroes, villain protagonists, and supporting protagonists.

Do all stories have a protagonist?

Every single story has to have a protagonist, no matter what. Simply put, no protagonist = no plot. Remember, all other roles are defined in relation to the protagonist — so if you’re currently planning a story, this should be the very first character you flesh out.

Can the main character not be the protagonist?

So the Main Character is the central character in the Main Character Throughline while the Protagonist is the central character in the Objective Story Throughline. They can, and often are, the same character but they don’t necessarily have to be. In fact, there are many stories that don’t follow this pattern.

Can there be a story without characters?

Having a story without characters may not make for the best story, but it is possible.

Does every story need a Deuteragonist?

As we’ve seen, many stories have no deuteragonist – they have more of an “ensemble” cast. These structures are equally compelling; it’s all a matter of how you want to write.

How do you hide the antagonist in a story?

Hiding Your Villain in Plain Sight

  1. Use first-person point of view.
  2. Provide a sympathetic background.
  3. Establish motivations and goals.
  4. Throw a wrench in your hidden villain’s plans.
  5. Demonstrate virtue and show emotion.
  6. Show positive interaction with other characters.
  7. Watch voice and tone closely.

Is a protagonist necessary?

Protagonists and antagonists are both essential characters in a story, but they propel the plot in different and usually opposite ways: The protagonist works toward the central story goals, while the antagonist works against the goals.

How important is a protagonist in a story?

The protagonist is the character who drives the action–the character whose fate matters most. In other words, they are involved in —and often central to—the plot or conflict of the story, but are also usually the emotional heart of the narrative.

Can a story be written without character?

Can you write a story with no characters? No. Even if you removed humans from the equation and wrote a story about a table, a quarry, a forest, etc., then those objects would become the characters.