I can't thank you enough for this site. I truly, from the bottom of my heart cannot. I've been struggling against a number of instructors recently. They kept pushing and pushing, indicating that I was failing to grasp how to create a compelling protagonist because my main character 'does not change', while the rest of the characters around her do.
I had at once the sense of: am I truly not grasping a concept which all screenwriters must master... or are they applying concepts that are not necessary to my story?
Then I read your articles about the Changed vs. Steadfast protagonists, the difference between a hero, main character, and protagonist, want vs. need (there was a television agent running a workshop - not a writer - who hammered this over and over using completed and well-known works without ever telling us how to work with it ourselves)... and it all makes so much more sense now why I couldn't see a problem with what I was doing.
Thank you one thousand times over. I haven't felt so relieved in recent memory. I know I have a lot to learn. A lot to practice and work on, but my protagonist's viability? At least in this instance, that isn't one of them, and I'm just damn lucky that this site is here and that I found it (by breaking down and searching for 'Save the Cat' by the way).
-- Kathryn GrahamMore Feedback