It has been two and half months since my last post. When I last left you all, I mentioned that I became unemployed, which led to the post of conflict. I am happy to report that I am employed (that was the longest 4 months) once again, and have been spending a lot of time training and learning the role of my new job.
This experience of looking for, and interviewing for work, led me to this post I’ll call “The Flaw.” You see when you apply for work and then land that interview, you are usually meeting with another person or several people. The interview usually goes something along the lines of asking you questions about yourself, have you done the kind of work before, and how has your prior work experience prepared you for this role.
In many ways this is no different when we develop our characters for our stories. Each character is a product of their experiences as well as their genetic make up. No character is perfect as each of us are not perfect. As a reader, I want to be able to relate or connect to the story characters. As a writer, how much time you spend developing your character, could be the difference in how deeply your audience reacts to him/her. One of the best ways to have your audience connect with your story characters is to give her/him a flaw. It is a fundamental basis for investing the time reading your story in which we are asking our readers to spend instead of doing something else.
I came across this blog ( http://scriptshadow.net/screenwriting-article-11-character-flaws-to-use-in-your-script-right-now/) about the most common flaws in characters of movies. I know, I know, your saying but this blog is about writing, and you are correct, but nothing says we have to re-create the wheel here.
Any how, give this a read and think about your characters in your story. Do they have a flaw? If you struggle to come up with one, look over the list and see if you can’t add depth to your character. Also, see if your plot also need some revising.
Good luck and until next time,