From Zero to Hero Our protagonist is often blankly referred to as the hero. It’s important to remember this term shouldn’t apply until the end of your story. Often times this casual term is in the writer’s mindset from the moment the idea is born, and as a result the main character has a difficult, meandering growth spurt – if any at all. If a story is written with the assumption that the main character is a heroic, where’s the drama? If their heroics are on the scale of a super hero, saving cats and old ladies from speeding busses, those acts should somehow be tied to the hero’s own emotional goals. THE INCREDIBLES works so well because the heroics of Mr. Incredible are actually destroying his personal life – UNTIL he welcomes his personal life into the action and the family becomes heroic together. So even if your main character is Mr. Incredible, he still has to be the equivalent of Mr. Loser until the climax of your story. Have an incredible day!