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No Fun in Perfection

April 28, 2014

I think I should try writing with a 100º temperature; maybe it would improve my writing.
That aside, Charles makes a good point about creating your character’s background. Everything you write may not go into the novel’s pages, but it will show through the character’s thinking and actions.

Legends of Windemere

(Note: I’m writing this with a 100+ fever, so bear with me here.)

I read a fantasy book where the main character was flawless. He learned magic and swordsmanship with ease. The other characters were in awe of him even though he began as a farmer with no training. By the end of the story, he was unstoppable, but he was basically unstoppable at the beginning too. There was never a doubt that he would succeed, which I can deal with to some extent. It’s that he succeeded without sacrifice, without difficulty, and with his losses rather laughable. Compare this to a character I mentioned in my last post that had minimal combat training and spent the last battle running until getting a lucky shot in on the main villain. You knew the character would win because the heroes usually do, but the character didn’t become some super-warrior. I felt…

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