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What type of heroes & heroines do you avoid writing about? There are certain types that get on my nerves so I was curious to find out if authors try not to write about leads w/ certain traits/characteristics?
When it comes to female characters, I don’t like the overly attractive, drop dead gorgeous type. I enjoy writing women that are much more average…much more real. In “Wrong Place, Right Time,” Kate Covington is a TV traffic reporter. She’s a nice looking gal, but she’s not tall…she doesn’t have long legs…she isn’t stick thin…and she doesn’t give a wit about hair, makeup, clothes or any other piece of image. Perhaps that’s why she’s not that good at reporting the traffic. Haha.
I like strong women who know what they want in life and aren’t afraid to go after it, but I also want them to be real, down to earth people who could be your best friend. Everyone knows someone who struggles in the love department. Do any of us know a 6-foot Amazonian blonde with a perfect figure?
As for male characters, I tend to write men who appear full of themselves, but deep down are really just as vulnerable as anyone else. I avoid writing men that are shallow and are actually full of themselves through and through. I don’t like it when a character knows he’s attractive and tells people so without question! Men are often one thing in front of most people and something else entirely when they are alone with just one person they trust.
Overall, I feel that characters need to have depth. No real person has only one side. Characters might be one thing in one scene and something else in another. One-sided characters are not only no fun to write, but they are boring and not very realistic!
I put a lot of myself into various characters so perhaps my avoidance of certain traits and characteristics says something about who I am…or who I’m not! Either way, I enjoyed the characters in “Wrong Place, Right Time.” I feel like once I have the characters formed, they tell me what their story is and how to write it!