How do set up your protagonist in the beginning of the story? Usually they are not already directly involved with the main plot and experience some sort of catalyst that pushes them into the action. But how do you figure out where they are in the beginning of the story? For example, my protagonist is a werewolf. Her mother was bitten by a werewolf in the early stages of her pregnancy and instead of contracting lycanthropy, it went to the protagonist while in the fetal stage, making her a natural born werewolf (in my story werewolves are turned, not born). She had an older sister as well. All said and done without going to much into the political setting and the like (since werewolves are out to the public and there are underground movements who are anti-werewolf but as a whole they are slowly being integrated into society) some bigoted werewolf hunters kill the protagonist's family looking for her and obviously fail to kill the protagonist. When the story starts, the protagonist is 19 years old Originally, I was going to have her be part of a circus, but I realized it had no impact on the plot or her development as a character. My problem is I know where she ends up by the end of the first book and what she will be doing from that point onward. I am having trouble with figuring out what she is doing in the beginning of the story and how she gets involved with the other main cast of characters. I know since you don't know much about my plot, you can't really say "well she would be doing this" but I want to know how to you writers, specifically contemporary fantasy writers, set your protagonist up in the beginning before the plot kicks off.