Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Do characters all have to be super heroes, brave, unfallible and larger than life? Honouring realism and the right to be human by Christoph Fischer

I was just writing about this- though not so nearly in depth, in an upcoming book review for The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss.
As far as I’m concerned, character flaws bring more depth, creating character, rather than archetypes, which I think most readers see right through. I’d be curious to hear characters you love who don’t have flaws… Either way, great thoughts from Christoph and Sally 🙂

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to the second post by Christoph Fischer from his archives. As we develop our heroes are we in danger of creating them all as perfect, strong and able to leap tall buildings?

Do characters all have to be super heroes, brave, unfallible and larger than life? Honouring realism and the right to be human by Christoph Fischer

A recent comment about one of my fictional characters brought up the following thoughts in me.

I know that bravery, attractive cheerleaders and bulging biceps alpha males are the stuff that great dreams and heroic tales are made of.

Of course it is inspiring to read about the people who are fearless and unbreakable.
Authors want to write role models and set good examples.

So characters can become brave, unfallible and larger than life, so that the readers find them likeable and make your book a bestseller.

What about the more normal…

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Writing Playlist

I didn't realize just how important what I was listening to determined the strength of the connection to my muse. Now I know. Now, I'll even go to youtube and listen to some binaural focus if I'm really struggling. These can be played underneath your normal playlist 🙂 There are three main music lists I... Continue Reading →

Expressly Forbidden

I've been expressly forbidden by my beta readers to edit while they're working on their notes, which gives me time to work on my other project, Dragon Soul. There's also a book haul I just came home with yesterday to dive into. Yay for free time.... This forbidding me to meddle in my work also... Continue Reading →

MAYhem

Fictional MAYhem sponsored by Faith_theRivens This month I'm following a writing prompt challenge aimed at character building. Using my work-in-progress, Dragon Soul, I'm excited to participate in another of these month-long, daily-promptings. Join the fun with us!! Follow me, or Faith_theRivens, on Instagram or Twitter to join in on the fun! Day 1 Day 2

A Brief Moment In (my) Time

I really don't do so well with being super busy. Though, to be fair, I waste a lot of time when I have a lot of time to waste, but since there's more time, more gets done. I can fit all the time-waster loves I have in. Video games, for example. And, I haven't read... Continue Reading →

Playlist

My writing playlist is uber-important. The amount of work I get done in a day is directly linked to what I'm listening to, and it's absolutely essential I'm listening with headphones. Even in a quiet room, all by myself, I can't concentrate unless it's pumped directly into my brain. I'm forced to take a lot... Continue Reading →

Most Indies shouldn’t ever publish. Well, most women shouldn’t have babies. #amwriting

Quite Contrary

That’s not a kneejerk yeah well you’re ugly and your mother dresses you funny response.  Ask any writer, traditionally published or indie, our books are the children of our brains, and we’re protective of them.

A traditionally-published writer puts that baby into the hands of professionals who whisk it away, do cosmetic adjustments, dress it, raise it, choose its schools, and, sometimes, hand it back after a while saying hey, we’re as sorry as you are, but the kid ain’t gonna cut it. Of course quite often (not always) the kid does good and the publishers are yammering at the door – make more babies. Fast. One a year. Go go GO.

Traditionally-published book-parents are proud to the point of arrogant about their progeny being Chosen, and they are enraged when an indie book baby does better than their own Improved By Professionals offering because it just isn’t

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