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In January issue... Character Flaws in Fiction - by Bruce L. Cook


Bruce L. Cook

Character Flaws in Fiction

Novel writers - Do your characters have flaws? .... (continued below)
Charcater Flaws in Fiction
by Bruce L. Cook

In writing, do you allow your characters to have flaws? At least one, perhaps even a minor one?

A character flaw is what differentiates your character from "normal". Perhaps yours is weak, addicted, challenged, autistic, etc.

On the other hand, what if none of your characters has a flaw? The result could be a story that is as uninteresting as one where every character speaks exactly like every other one.

The central issue may be purpose in writing, or even the idea of providing a moral for a story. In this way, a novel can be seen as an example of proving or explaining how any of us might overcome personal flaws.

In the story, the flaw may prove insurmountable. Or it may make the character a remarkable survivor. In either case, something important is proven.

Surely a writer might not start a project with the idea of solving a character flaw. It is worth considering this. Utimately, it makes a case for social significance.


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Publishing New Writers,

January, 2022 (vol. 23, no.1)


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