Can I have two protagonists?
Does my writing group know what they're talking about? Is it wrong to have two protagonists?
I hope it's okay that I don't use my real name. I need to complain about my writing group, and I'd prefer they not know about it.
Okay, I'm a new writer, I admit it, but I wrote this short book about two boys who discover a hidden treasure. They find out that the person who hid it is still alive and that he was in lots of trouble that wasn't his fault when he hid it.
So they'd like to return it to him, but now they have some criminals and the crooked police all after them, and their lives are in danger, and they don't even know the guy's name.
But the plot isn't really the point. The point is that all the other writers in the group totally criticized the story for having two protagonists.
They say it can't.
Now if that's true, fine, but when I asked everyone to explain, all anyone could tell me was having two heroes made it "amateurish."
Well, maybe that's true - and maybe it isn't - but I'm totally blocked about rewriting the book when I don't even know why I'm doing it.
How can you "fix" something when you don't know why you're fixing it?
So what'd really help me get unblocked is either someone telling me WHY you can't have two protagonists, or telling me that my writing group doesn't know what they're talking about!