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    5 Myths About Writing Characters
    This article is by C.D. Waller.

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    Writing strong characters is one of the biggest secrets to pulling readers into your story. Here are five myths that you should avoid when attempting to write compelling characters.

    Myth 1: Protagonists Must be “Good Guys”

    A lot of people think that the role of a protagonist is to be a shining example of good morals. But not all heroes need to be Superman with a Boy Scout badge sewn into his cape.

    The hero that never does anything wrong and has nothing but selfless motivations is, more often than not, a two-dimensional and boring character.

    People want to be able to relate to the protagonist. That’s the main purpose of his role: we want to use his challenge as a metaphor for our life. The problem with a perfect hero is that a perfect person doesn’t exist. No one can relate to him.

    The character also doesn’t have any room to grow. A “perfect” person can’t learn anything. They can’t better themselves in some way. You’re better off giving them basic human flaws, so that your audience can better connect to their struggle.

    Myth 2: Villains Must be Hated

    Far too many villains have been written as two-dimensional characters. They seem to do nothing but stand in the hero’s way just for the sake of opposing him. While it’s true that a villain does need to be an antagonist by definition, the belief that he must...
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