It seems sort of ironic to put this up on a post about flaws but I am totally honored to receive this award from one of my new writing friends, Cassie, over at Reading, Writing and Lovin' It!
Thank you Cassie!
And I promise I'll post the other blogs to receive this award soon!
A few weeks ago my wonderful critique partner Theresa sent back my third manuscript. She had numerous suggestions/corrections and as per my usual I went with most of them.
One of the biggest and most important critiques she gave me was about the love interest of my Main Character...and I quote:
"Sam is perfect. But almost too perfect. I wouldn’t necessarily change anything about him ( I love him) but maybe give him a flaw or two. When people relate to characters they usually relate to their flaws. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy just a little something to keep him from seeming like the guy every girl wants but knows doesn’t actually exist."
Isn't she brilliant?
And she was right. 100% right. Sam was pretty much perfect.
But I couldn't just go back in there and throw in a few flaws. The meaning behind Sam's 'perfectness' is two fold.
- I wanted those reading it to want to be like him. Because he is a great guy.
- There is no way my Main Character, Emma, would be with anyone who wasn't a great guy. She doesn't believe in love to begin with. She would take any reason she could to stop liking him. It had to be hard for her to find that reason.
So after many hours of pondering I decided on two flaws for Sam:
So my questions to you are:
- He wants to be friends with everyone, to be accepted by everyone, even if they're people he's better off not interacting with.
- He wasn't too serious about anything when he started high school, including his grades. He's changed his tune now but for somethings it is too late. Those past choices still affect him.
Why did I choose these? Because they are flaws that many great people have. That many of us can relate to. That make him real.
What flaws make you...you? If you're a writer, what flaws make your characters? What flaws do you like reading about?
I'll go first, since that's only fair. :) One of the flaws for Sam I got from myself. I want to see everyone happy, make everyone happy. Maybe some people I shouldn't bother with but I try anyway.
The second kind of goes along with that. I have issues saying 'no' when someone asks me to do something. If it's morally wrong than it's a no brainer. But I end up saying yes so many times I have my calender full all the time. Many of the things I enjoy, in fact most. But it's also good to have some downtime. So I need to start fitting that in on my calender too.