3 Tips To Creating An Unlikely Hero – Heart Tugging Fiction

Photo by Paul Turnbull

Photo by Paul Turnbull

Do you ever stumble upon a movie that surprises you with an unlikely hero and a courageous ending that touches your heart?

I stumbled upon just such a movie this past summer. It’s called Field of Shoes and can be found on Netflix. This story brought out some very unlikely heroes. By the time it was over, I began to think about how I could create that feeling in my reader’s hearts after finishing my novel.

Take a peek at these unlikely heroes and what we can learn from them.

(Please note: This trailer is rated PG-13 for some war elements thats theme is strong.)

3 Tips To Creating An Unlikely Hero:

  1. Pick who would be the last person to choose this heroic path. This is the first step to creating an unlikely hero that makes us fall in love with them. Some examples of unlikely heroes: Charlie Brown and Benjamin Martin (Patriot- he was against the war).
  2. Place them in the path of the action. In the Field of Shoes the boys were stationed at a military school in Virginia. It adds a dash of believability that they would know what to do since they are at a military school. Charlie Brown gets left in charge of getting the Christmas Tree for the Christmas Program. Benjamin Martin ends up with soldiers overtaking his house.
  3. Give them courage that sometimes their superiors would lack. For Charlie Brown it was accepting the christmas tree that was tipped over when they reached it. For Benjamin Martin is was when his son died in his arms.

Have you seen unlikely heroes in fiction? What tips did you see that made you think of creating a an unlikely hero?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

2 thoughts on “3 Tips To Creating An Unlikely Hero – Heart Tugging Fiction

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