Friday, July 29, 2011

Please Ignore Common Wisdom

Living a right life is fine for you, but awful for your characters. They need to make bad decisions. They need to do the wrong thing. They need to suffer and be insufferable. There has to be conflict, tension, mayhem. If you're not sure how to make that happen, start with common wisdom and have them do the opposite.

Hop on over to Inkspot, a collaborative of Midnight Ink authors, and read the rest of my post on character development.

2 comments:

Helen Ginger said...

Good advice, Robin. I think that part about characters need to be insufferable is the one most often ignored.

Robin Allen said...

Hi Helen - Insufferable, but also likable, which is not easy to do.

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