There are many different types of heroes, each with their own set of motivations and methods. Picking the right protagonist for the story is an important task for a fantasy fiction writer. While I don’t subscribe to the theory that characters can take over a story and rewrite it, I have experienced struggles in writing for Logan Shadowhand based on the hero type I envisioned him as and the themes I wanted to explore in my Chronicles of Jord stories. An anti-hero will follow a different course to reach a goal, or have entirely different goals, than a child of destiny.
A hero can be composed of multiple types, allowing the writer to build a more complex character. I used five different hero types in constructing Logan, with him favoring one particular type more than the others during the various drafts of Shattered Amulet. Read more