Are you always good?

Jennifer Hubbard, deep thinker and the talented author of  THE SECRET YEAR recently asked me a most excellent question: What’s your philosophy on good and evil in character development?

I love hard questions! Hmmmm.  After much pondering I figured out a few things.

1. I believe that everyone on the planet is capable of good, and everyone is capable of evil.

2. I love reading about flawed characters who (at least somewhat) overcome their glaring imperfection to fulfill a dream.

3. If a character is too perfect, I assume he or she is hiding something.

4. The road to hell is paved with good intentions stupid proverbs. Good intentions are worth a lot!

5. Writing complex characters doesn’t mean you’re providing bad role models. Readers learn just as much from anti-heros as from heros.

6. When a flawed character succeeds, it gives hope to the rest of us.

You can read my answer to Jenn’s question here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject!

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