A while back I mentioned how I tend to write bad things happen to good people in a trope-like manner. This issue keeps popping up for my main character’s in stories to a point that I realized main characters (MC) were perfect, flawless people.
The end results were that I got stuck on their respective storylines. Conversely, my secondary cheaters tended have plenty of issues to resolve in a story. It may beg the question that the MC is truly not the MC in the story, but the secondary should have that role. They earn it in spades, really.
In the spec pilot, I realized the secondary character would need an arc to tell his story. He generated a lot of questions I couldn’t answer immediately, but it needed time to reach a conclusion. My MC did not.
I took pen to paper, and wrote down my MCs, and what I thought, in my stories, was my MCs’ defining traits. I then took a moment to and scrub out their perfect stances. I never wanted a perfect hero. I wanted to tell my stories. I’ll have to keep working on being a better writer.
Happy creative endeavors.