Great post, Charles!
This is going to be a challenge. Giving tips on a character type that I really don’t get along with? Strap in your popcorn and let’s see where this wild ride takes us. All tips are spontaneous with the minimal amount of thought . . . Also, fueled by sleep deprivation even though I got a full night of sleep prior to this. Whatever.
- Give the character something to be self-righteous about. This might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how often a character is made to be a pompous jerk simply for the tension. Much of being self-righteous deals with a social or moral path that they are confident about. It’s about judging others by this and trying to convert them. If there isn’t a clear, stable system fueling the character then it falls flatter than a piece of paper.
- To give the character some longevity, do…
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