When I was at the Ozark Writers Conference a few weekends ago, one of the speakers talked about finding your character's strength and teasing it into a weakness.
I found this idea intriguing. Often, we talk about turning our weaknesses into strengths. So why not torture our characters into doing the opposite?
For example, let's take my character Jayne. Remember Jayne?
One of Jayne's greatest strengths is her compassion. She genuinely cares for people and wants to make their lives better.
Unfortunately for Jayne, her gift of Sight shows her the way people will die.
It only takes a little bit of teasing to turn this strength into a weakness. If she cares about people, it hurts her when she isn't able to prevent their death. So she stops caring. She shuts of her emotions and blocks out the rest of the world. This leaves me with a lot of character development to explore and we know we'll see a lot of changes in Jayne throughout the story.
The bottom line is, CHARACTERS MUST BE FLAWED. If they are not, then there is no room for growth and the story will be flat. We want to experience a change.
Do you see a correlation between your characters' strengths and flaws?
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