Give Your Characters Opinions

Happy belated Fourth of July, everyone.  I hope you had as safe and sane a holiday as we did. To be honest, I hope your Fourth was as safe as ours but maybe more sane. We spent it selling fudge and fudge-filled banana bread (try it, it’s wonderful!) at a local outdoor celebration because our daughter and grandson, who own the business, were selling elsewhere.

We came home with aching feet and sore throats because we know that, if you want to sell, you don’t sit on your butt. You get out there and let people know how great your special fudge truly is. You get their attention as they pass by and engage them in a conversation that’s all about how you feel about fudge and fudge-filled banana bread.

Which is relevant because passive, malleable people might seem likable but they are boring. They are especially boring as characters in fiction.

Give your characters opinions. The stronger the better. That doesn’t mean they must go around arguing constantly or starting fights or shunning characters who disagree with them. But remember that, as a writer, you have a limited number of words in which to show off that character. And the stronger the opinions held the easier the task.

So give them aching feet and sore throats if necessary. Or give them strong feelings that they don’t express but that drives their actions. Your readers will love your characters and will buy your stories eagerly.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Story Reading Ape
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 08:19:25

    Spot on Florence, it’s usually the VILLANS that get remembered when people discuss books or films? 🙂


  2. florencewitkop
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 17:20:03

    There’s a good reason villains are remembered and the nice, sweet, unremarkable heroes and heroines are forgotten.


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