It can be very easy to fall into writing protagonists who are very similar to yourself. By pushing ourselves out of this comfort zone, we can create a wider array of characters and stories.
Write a short story about a protagonist who is very different from you (e.g. gender, sexual orientation, age, occupation, economic status).
Take this writing prompt for a spin:
- How do these differences make the characters life easier or more difficult?
- Take the opportunity to conduct research to help craft the character.
- Resist the urge to be stereotypical.
- Has your character ever been the target of discrimination? Or are they discriminatory?