Greetings all, Moira here for another #SensualSunday post. This week I’m out of town so I will be keeping this post (set up earlier in the week) relatively short. Today I’m going to be talking about Perfection, or rather the illusion of it that authors too often try to push on their readers.
There is absolutely no such thing as perfection. We can all aim to achieve it, fight to get close to it, but it is always outside our reach. So why do authors persist in trying to create characters who seemingly have no flaws, faults, or problems and expect us to believe it?
I have absolutely no idea, but it needs to stop.
Unless you are writing a story in a future-scape where perfection is chemically, or medically achieved, STOP IT! Your characters need to be realistic, which means they should be as flawed as we all are. No one on Earth is perfect, and while yes we are writing fiction, and not a one of these characters ACTUALLY exists except in your mind and on the page, stop trying to achieve the impossible. In fact, having flaws, quirks, and problems makes us unique and makes us stand out in our own way. Not necessarily in the best way, but who the hell wants to be like everyone else?
So too should your characters have their flaws, their quirks, their problems, their issues, and be unique in their own right. It makes the reading experience happier for your readers if they understand that your character, while not perfect, aims to be a better individual in spite of and because of their unique traits. It’s a way to provide hope, to lift someone’s spirits, and to provide a realistic, yet magical escape for the reader.
Be the author you are meant to be, not who you think you should be and treat your characters the same way. Your reader base will thank you for it, and you will be a much happier author.
XO Moira Callahan