In a character driven story, almost no one wants to watch the characters effortlessly push through the plot without any kind of hurdle or obstacle to overcome. Those kind of stories often tend to be power fantasies that, while entertaining and enjoyable, are often more superficial and focused on a lot of action but very … Continue reading Writing an interesting protagonist – Struggles & Flaws
Character struggles, both internal and external, are crucial to character development and essential for a good story. External struggles can be rather grandiose and hard to relate to especially in fantasy and science fiction novels. Though that’s not to say it’s impossible. A lot of difficulties characters face can be smaller scale and more personal … Continue reading The Therapeutic Effect of Character Development
While reading Norse Mythology by Neil Gaimen, I couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow at the adventures of Thor, Loki and Odin. We live in a time where characters are expected to be deep and often complicated with various emotions. My first criticism of any story I read is whether or not the characters are … Continue reading Character Design : How do you write a deity?