Very funny post on what not to do when writing. I don’t think I’m guilty of any of the character cliches, but it couldn’t hurt to make sure one of my villains isn’t too much of a brooding rebel…
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Disclaimer: No books have been harmed in the writing of this article. All characters have been provided with a safety briefing before participating in the experiment and have signed waivers to that effect.
“I write fiction not for my readers and not for myself. I write fiction for the sake of those odd heroic characters that are contained therein. They are counting on me as much as I am counting on them.”
― Nicholas Trandahl
I don’t know about you, but my life is a novel populated by troublesome characters.
If you don’t believe me, you need only peruse an account of my latest altercation with one particularly recalcitrant specimen of their number: Let me get into your head! screameth the author, pulling at her hair in desperation.
It is not unusual for writers to have a love-hate relationship with their characters. As authors we want to be…
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