Monday, December 19, 2016

Problematic Characters (part 1)

One issue you've likely experienced, whether you're a novelist or a role-playing gamer, is when a character is difficult in the story he's involved in. My many years of playing role-playing games involves a number of situations where someone's character didn't exactly get along with the others in the group. In novel writing, it is important to have a level of conflict among the characters--if everyone gets along together without any tension at all, quite often the result feels rather idealistic and boring, though this can sometimes be mitigated by a plot that is so full of tension, the stable characters are the only relief. At the same time, though, characters can be so disruptive and problematic that the reader hates them enough to stop reading. There are several ways to handle difficult characters, however...

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