Friday, June 26, 2009

Make Your Character's Struggle Real

“Give characters traits, conflicts or weaknesses that make success difficult.” -- Gillian Roberts in You Can Write a Mystery.
I reviewed a short story a while ago that I found disappointing. The main character’s struggle seemed superficial and the resolution too easy. It was a reminder that I can’t do this in my stories. The struggle doesn’t have to be monumental, but for the resolution to be believable, the end result must be appropriate given the character's strengths and weaknesses. If the resolution falls flat, it may be because I haven't developed the character sufficiently.

1 comment:

Tara Maya said...

It's harder to do this than it sounds. It's something I struggle with as well.