I got back tonight from attending a Writer's Group meeting at the CITE Beach Studios in Orange Beach, AL. And I know exactly how the Christians felt when they were thrown into the arena with the lions in ancient Rome.
In my case the lions, weren't vicious. But, my story, Bon Secour, was definitely fresh meat to be devoured.
Their comments and questions were on target. The problem was my story was the target. I like my story.
They said we like my story too. "BUT, we like your antagonist much more than your protagonist. The villain is grrrreat but 'Bubba', your protagonist (no, he's not named Bubba), is borrrring."
Then they proceeded to brain-storm as a group how they could turn my story around and make the antagonist the protagonist.
Well they blew my mind. And they had so much fun doing it. In the end, they said, "This is how screenwriting is done in groups."
I smiled weakly, said thank you and slunk away.
Yes, they are right. My protagonist is boring. But I wanted to tell the story of a "everyman" who is thrust into a Thrilling situation. Apparently, it's okay to be thrust into a thrilling situation only if you have more problems than Lot.
So I went home and dreamed up more problems for my protagonist to have. Bless his heart! He's not boring anymore.