When All Seems Lost for the Protagonist of a Story

I’m nearing the end of writing my current novel, and my protagonist is facing some awful choices. It’s still my first draft. But I have made sure my protagonist has others that might help him. I’ve tried to make those other, supporting, characters have depth. Each one of them will face the challenges that come to the protagonist in their own ways.

In many good stories, the protagonist reaches a point where all seems lost. It could happen several times through the book. Each time they may work to be better prepared for the coming conflict.

Life is similar to this pattern, in that challenges come, and we sometimes feel like all is lost. Sometimes, we come through the other side having learned from the experience. Sometimes, like the protagonist in the stories, all we can do is survive. Maybe, if we’re not struggling or suffering, we can be there to lift someone else who is.

Writing and reading good stories have helped me see things differently. I love good stories and I’m working to make my next book even better than the last books. If you are interested in seeing what I’ve written, check out some of my science fiction and fantasy books.

My fantasy, A Map, a Mage, and a Sacrifice, is set in a world with limited technology, but where sacrifice is a necessary element to magical power. The greater the pain and suffering, the greater the magical power generated. The few mages in power use voluntary sacrifice of the citizens to generate power they use to protect and defend the empire. But their rule may be coming to a close.

Malignance, my third book in my time travel series that began with Resonance and Dissonance, is on Amazon as a kindle and a paperback. That was a fun series to write, and for now, it is completed. I have also placed all three books from that series into one volume titled The Machina of Time.

If you’re looking for a science fiction story, try my book The Promise of Dust, which takes place in a cloud city floating in the atmosphere of Venus. Or Progenitor’s Legacy: Deceit, which takes place many years in the future on a tidally locked world that orbits a red dwarf and has been reached by humanity in their search for the alien progenitors who seeded the galaxy with nano machines.

If a young adult science fiction is more to your liking, check out my series This New Earth, that starts with Demons of a Dead World and Secrets of a Dead World.

If you are looking for a young adult fantasy, check out my book The Threads Unbound.

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