The Unrepentant Character

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Hello, SeERs! You’re with Mae today for a discussion on the unrepentant character.

The difficult one. The problem child. The-how-the-heck-did-he/she-turn-out-that-way individual.

conceptual sketch of two faces in profile with the words "We should talk" above

We’ve all encountered them. It’s that individual you’ve already pre-determined is going to act a certain way, but who ends up doing the opposite. I like creating flawed characters, and that blurs the line. My heroes aren’t always heroic. Sometimes they’re selfish, unreasonable, or need-a-kick-in-the-butt annoying. My clever heroines have been known to get in over their heads and do something stupid. They grow as I grow.

Check.  I can live with that.

But what about villains? They’re the ones that surprise me. For the most part, I know what makes the bad guy tick and I stick to the plan but, occasionally, one of them puts his or her foot down and decides to do something unexpected. Something… decent.

I recall a specific character in my novel Myth and Magic who I had pre-determined…

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