Ok, there are two components of this statement- one for us as writers. A screenwriter friend once told me, “You can never fail, you can only quit”. If we give up on our dreams, on ourselves, without doing all that we want to do- we’re selling ourselves short. You can't fail in this business as long as you keep writing.
But the way I want to look at it today is our characters.
Our characters have to be realistic enough for readers to identify with otherwise they’ll never be able to jump inside their heads for the ride.
But at the same time, our characters have to go a beyond real- they can’t give up even when faced with odds that would destroy “regular” people. (Ok, the argument can be made, and it’s valid, that there ARE people who perform with super human tenacity, but we’ll ignore them for now. If you KNOW someone is going to succeed no matter what, what’s the fun in watching their path?).
We have to create people who are normal to begin with (normal for whatever they are, fae, elf, dragon, vampire, or even just human) but who find that inner power we all wish we had to go beyond who they were and save the day.
These characters have to have plenty of options to walk away, they may even do so once or twice, but something inside of them keeps them going back to the right path. To put themselves in harm’s way to save others, an ideal, or a way of life.
I'm finding that the more flaws I give my characters, the more problems and reasons for them to turn away, the more I believe them when they don't.
Any tricks out there for making characters who go beyond themselves and are yet still believable?
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