Creating Characters: The Behavioral Paradox

One of my rookie mistakes when I started writing were characters designed to close to real human beings (friends and enemies). It’s easy to write down interessting situations which actually happened and just characterise people involved. But the only ones liking those stories and characters were the ones who knew them personally. Without being there and witnessing the weird behaviour firsthand, no one could relate and believe it. My Professor told me, that the only way for a beginner to create believable characters and stories, is to get rid of the desire for complexity and depth. It took me a while to recover my enthusiasm and start writing again. Back then this article would have helped me a lot:

Creating Characters: The Behavioral Paradox

Character is Paradox.

Human contradictions ARE NOT always justified;
Character contradictions ARE always justified.

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