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Developing A Strong Male Protagonist

Updated on March 10, 2018
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Jacqueline is a published author. Among her many books are: "Wait Until Autumn," "Threads of a Tapestry" and "Simply Living Godly."

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This example shows how you can create a story with the focus on developing the male protagonist and creating a relationship with his female counterpart that is both turbulent and dynamic.

An antagonist with a preoccupation  in self-worth ...
An antagonist with a preoccupation in self-worth ...

The Orgins of Self Obsessions ...

Joseph Henry Harrington III makes his noisy entrance into the world on August 13th. He is a much expected and much desired addition to the Harrington household. Joseph II is a very successful realtor and builder of beautiful homes. His talented wife, Marian is completely devoted to Joseph. Marian gives up a promising career as an interior designer to support Joseph in his career endeavors, making sure his meals are ready along with his pipe when he comes in tired and dirty from overseeing some construction project. Her entire world revolves around her husband and new son.

When Joseph II is a small boy, he has a very meek father and a stern domineering mother. As a teenager he sees his mother continually brow-beat his father until one day she dies suddenly of a massive heart attack. When an autopsy is performed, it is found that she has apparently had a heart condition for a long time.

The atmosphere of the home changes significantly. Joseph Henry is a very talented man and it isn’t long before he excels as a woodcarver and creator of fine wood artifacts. A lovely lady name Piper Conley has been secretly observing Joseph Henry and his son for many years, and when the opportunity finally presents itself (the death of Sara Harrington) Piper seizes the occasion to get to know him. Joseph II likes Piper from the start. She is very supportive of his father and makes him feel like a king. Joseph Henry branches out into real estate and finds a second niche. He retires a very happy man, passing the real estate business Harrington and Son Quality Realtors to his son.

When Joe Harrington III becomes a man; he looks to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Joe uses his love for land that he acquires from his fore-parents and takes it a step further to become an engineer. Although he starts out majoring in architectural design; he is required to take courses in computer science. It is love at first sight.

Joe combines architectural design and computer technology to create a completely revolutionary method of designing houses in 3D. Simulated models show weakness in structural designs and test structural integrity against earthquake, hurricane force winds, and flood conditions. Actual replicas of houses will be built from the simulated models.

These replicas are erected in controlled environments and meteorologists, architects, and construction engineers all work together to design houses that stand gale force winds and high magnitude tremors. Joe heads the team and is award huge government grants in research to continue perfecting his theories. As a result: Dynamic Electronics is born.

A most extraordinary woman ...
A most extraordinary woman ...

The Pursuit of Happiness ...

It is at this time that Joe meets Bridget. Joe has been invited to a celebration of Angie & Mark Stevenson’s only niece graduating from undergraduate school. Bridget receives honors in journalism. She also achieves a second degree in English/Creative Writing.

Bridget plans to continue her education to receive a Masters of Art in Journalism; becoming a world-class producer. She has already landed a position as Associate Producer with a FOXX Affiliate Company in Collinsville, IL.

Joe is a little reluctant to meet Bridget because of her obvious ambitions. He also learns that she is an accomplished writer of short stories. “That is a nice novelty.” He thinks to himself. That doesn’t sound very threatening; so he decides to go and meet her.

When Joe walks through the double doors of the auditorium Mrs. Stevenson has rents for the occasion; he is prepared to meet an attractive woman. What he sees is a phantom of femininity.

Bridget luscious locks hug her shoulders and her laughter is uninhibited. The DJ has just put Hello by Lionel Richie on the turntable and Joe knows he has truly found his lady. With slow deliberate steps he approaches Bridget.

“Hello, I’m Joseph Henry Harrington III and I believe this is our dance.” Joe says as he takes the ginger ale out of Bridget’s hand and gives it to the woman she has been engaging in conversation. Before Bridget could say a word, they are on the dance floor.

“I’ve been alone with you inside my mind…” The song begins its bewitching melody as Bridge and Joe sway to the sound.

Tell me how to win your heart, for I haven’t got a clue.” Joe sings softly into Bridget’s ear. He has become completely hypnotized by those beautiful light brown eyes, looking dreamily into his handsome chiseled features. Bridget doesn’t say a word; only smiles at the innuendos of those compelling words.

Closing Comments

This is just to give you some idea of how to develop your male protagonist character. From this example you would begin to create further interest in him. You could focus on his inner turmoil or his uncontrollable desire to make this desirable woman his own, as I did.

To make it even more interesting, make sure that your female character is as strong willed as the male. That way your reader will become engrossed in wanting to know the outcome. She is very attracted to the male protagonist but also cautioned by his demeanor.

Don't forget to add a "third element." It doesn't have to take the personage of a man or woman. It can be the female's desire to advance in her career no matter what; while the male is bound to keep her "barefoot and pregnant."

© 2014 Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS


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      Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS 3 years ago from Memphis

      A different twist on a romantic novel is when your protagonist crosses the line into becoming an antagonist.

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      Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS 3 years ago from Memphis

      Passion can be a fire difficult to extinguish. Display this in your developing character.

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      Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS 3 years ago from Memphis

      When you are a woman, you may find it challenging to focus on your male protagonist; however give it a try.