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Readers That (Don’t) Care: Why is My Character Unsympathetic?

Let me guess: someone read your story and called one of your characters “unsympathetic.” You’re here to figure out what, exactly, that means. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean they’re unlikeable. An unlikeable character isn’t necessarily a problem. A reader can still sympathize with a character they don’t like.  Oftentimes, writers take “unsympathetic” to mean that […]

Clever, Not Invincible: Keeping Your Characters From Being Overpowered

Have you ever read a book or watched a movie where the hero never got hurt? No matter how many enemies came after them, they always took them out. No matter how many bullets just missed their head, they always managed to dodge. That was an overpowered character.  That is boring.  It takes all the […]