I didn't take a bunch of character classes at the conference. Not really sure why, but I think I was focused more on marketing and stuff this time around. But I did lead a group of five aspiring authors in a critique group setting. During this intense time, we received a mini-lesson on characters.
And I heard something that stuck with me. The presenter, Annette Lyon, gave a lesson on protags.
She said, "Even Superman had his Kryptonite."
*insert a-ha moment*
I've heard it before. Your protag can't be perfect, they need flaws, blah blah blah. But you know how you just hear the right words in the right order and suddenly everything clicks into place? That's what happened here.
So when you're developing your protag, remember that they need their own brand of Kryptonite.
What do you think? Have you given your protag some Kryptonite? Has it made them stronger? More believable? More relatable? How so?