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Character Flaw Index

Character Flaw Index
To make characters realistic and relatable they are given flaws, because if there is anything a writer can be sure of it is that no one in their audience will be perfect. Flaws are character traits that have a negative impact in the narrative, unless they are simply informed. They can also be exploited. See Good Flaws, Bad Flaws for a scale of flaw acceptability. Compare Seven Deadly Sins, Ego Tropes. Abusive Parents: Habitually violent and cruel to their own children, often because that's how they themselves were raised.

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Heroes and Villains Heroes and villains–they’re of course at opposite end of the spectrum, in terms of characters, but they share more than might be obvious at first glance, and if you’re in the business of writing fiction and creating such characters, it can be useful to think about those things. Of course, the principal element that heroes and villains have in common is their function in terms of the story: it is their interaction which determines the main action of the plot. At its most basic, it is either that the hero is being specifically targeted by the villain, or the villain has general nefarious plots which the hero sets out to foil. But a common function in the plot isn’t the only thing these two extreme types of characters share. They are leaders, not followers, and they also share high doses of intelligence, imagination and determination, all of which are neutral qualities to be used for either good or bad.

Physical Descriptions - List of Hair Colors Hair Color List (Note: an updated and expanded version of this list appears in my 15K-word book How to Describe Hair and Skin. See below.) [First, my profound apologies to the vast majority of readers who don't steal content, but I have to state the following. Famous Writers' Small Writing Sheds and Off-the-Grid Huts Previous image Next image Roald Dahl's writing hut, The Gipsy House Writing purple women — Writing, Thinking, and Opinions Can men be purple too? Of course not. Men are green. In all seriousness, though, there shouldn’t be too much difference between writing male characters and writing female characters. A character’s gender may well colour their experiences and their outlook on life, but beyond that what makes a character purple (or green) is basically the same across the board: in fact, you could take everything I’ve written here and apply it to a character of any gender, race, and so on, and you’d end up with a character an audience can invest in. A well-written character is a well-written character, whether male, female, transsexual, hermaphroditic, genderless or just not quite sure.

Children's Book Authors: "How to Teach Kids to Love Books" Emily Jenkins Author of Toys Go Out “A key to growing readers is: never shame their choices. At the library, I let my kids get anything they want. Then we get 48 other library books, too (those are my choices); come home; and pile them on the table. I put no pressure on them to read my favorites. I read aloud whatever they choose, without any judgment.” Warts and All The title of this post comes from a (probably apocryphal) story about Oliver Cromwell asking to have his portrait painted without any of the flattering techniques of portraits of the time–he wanted to be shown as he really looked, ‘warts and all’. I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about what this phrase means to us as writers–about how we go about constructing characters who seem truly human, not representations of some impossible ideal. Now, we all know that we can’t make our heroes and heroines too perfect.

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