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Is there way to quickly introduce a main character?

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#1 Pen


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Posted 09 July 2017 - 02:40 PM

I like writing short stories, they're fun for me. Most are for my own amusement and not meant to be shared. However I'm working on a couple that I intend to market. Having said that. Is there way a for me to quickly introduce a main character?


A story I'm flowing through very well has information about the character sprinkled throughout the plot. You'll get the information on a need to know basis. I'm unloading some raw emotions about humanity in the story as well. So using those emotions I'm hoping it will tell more about who he is.


Don't worry it's not preachy. People these days hate reading opposing viewpoints in science fiction..I do have an argument that will take place towards the begging of the story. Both sides will have their say in a few lines of dialogue but after that. Just straight up warfare. So when that point comes I want my characters thoughts and beliefs, to well understood. I'm just hoping I'm not "cheating" people with a change to connect to the character.


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 10:16 AM

If the main character is going to war, maybe you can make the character introspect before he goes to war. Like he is in the army tent and looks at his family photo and thinks what led him to here. Or he looks at an old wound in the leg(childhood injury) and realizes how scared he was back then of blood and now he's heading to war.


Or you can start with the character enraged on war and he goes about shooting the enemies. He thinks of all the triggers, the bullying as a kid, the annoying neighbors, the ex-wife who took away all his money, the politician who sent him to war, etc. Like the mc thinks of the triggers and enrages himself and uses the rage to shoot down enemies in battle.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 01:42 PM

First sentence, baby. I know it might be "cliche" but it's quick, easy, and gets the name out there right away. Example: "Joe Smith reached for his toast, but found it too hot to handle; the last two slices of bread fluttered to the floor, crumbs flying."

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