All great writers have habits.
Good habits and bad ones. I am by nature a creature of habit, usually, if I can do something for about a month (maybe 2) then I will do it forever unless someone stops me. So naturally I became very interested in writing habits, and how to form good ones. I’ve spent a lot of time researching to emulate the best practices and make myself a better writer.
Today I am going to list my top 5 for you.
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In this blog, I want to talk about characters and how to write great ones. I’ve been reading a lot lately, specifically for ‘characters’ and more directly, what is it about some characters that makes them good and what is it about some that make them …less good.
Perhaps it is best to outline the worst offenders first. The worst offenders, in my opinion, have to be the ‘Mary Sues’ of the world. By definition, a Mary-Sue is a fictional character who is perfect. They are usually two-dimensional and lack substance. Typical characteristics are that these characters are amazingly attractive, have outrageous or clichéd names, have unlimited power/intelligence/finances and are either loved or hated by everyone depending on whether the character is a dark horse or not.
Mary Sue’s are not limited to Fan-fiction they can, unfortunately, appear in published and original work also.
However creation of a Mary-Sue is avoidable, and below are my top tips on how to avoid turning your character into a Mary-Sue.
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