Not that it will make the writer’s job any easier-- In fact, defining your hero makes for new challenges. Each type of hero has different danger zones: specific issues that arise based on how where your hero’s coming from. I’ve already mentioned some of the things you have to watch out for in the last two categories, but what about challenges that arise in some of the other categories? Like a modern-day Kenny Loggins, I’m gonna take you right into the danger zone.
Take, for instance, the Pro at Work. The good news is that choosing this category instantly takes a lot of work off your plate. It requires a lot fewer plot machinations to convince your hero to tackle a problem: they do this every day. It’s their job, they’re on their home turf, and they’re well-qualified. So instead of spending your intro contriving a reason for them to get into trouble, you need to spend that time establishing how good they are, while also implying what tensions they have that will be laid bare by this new problem.
Generally speaking, in order to make a Pro at Work’s problem interesting, you need a great villain, one worthy of your hero’s skills. This isn’t the case if your hero is a rookie. For a rookie, every challenge is a big deal, and an everyday villain can still provide them with a huge problem. Either way, it’s good to know what type of hero you’re writing about so that you can know which danger zones you’re stepping into.