Let’s face it, no one is perfect. We all have our strengths, struggles, accomplishments and actions wish we could undo. These strengths and flaws make us who we are. They give us depth and dimension. They can be the things that people find endearing or annoying about us.
Regardless of how we, or others, perceive our flaws they are a huge part of what makes us the people we are.
Similarly, our characters need flaws to help flesh out just who they truly are. No one wants to read a story about a perfect person. Aside for being boring, they aren’t realistic and can be off-putting and remote making it impossible for readers to get close to. As a writer, you want to create characters that your readers will relate to and find a connection to. For that to happen, they must be believable, flaws, warts and all. For more on this check out B is for Believable.
Your Homework: Think about your characters. What are their flaws? How does this impact the way they act? Can you imagine a scene where the flaws can add another layer or dimension?
Writer, Editor and Author of the Achdus Club novels for girls.