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The Career Author Podcast: Episode 68 – What Makes a Good Character Great?

Character is critical and in this episode, Zach and J. go deep on how to take yours from good to great.

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2 thoughts on “The Career Author Podcast: Episode 68 – What Makes a Good Character Great?

  • Morning guys. Interesting hack Zach. Amazing site Worldanvil. One could easily lose themselves down that black hole and never get round to actually writing. Great stuff on characters today. Totally agree about the lack of value of character CV sheets. Did knowing the lead’s favorite color help Cormac McCarthy write “The Road”? Methinks not.
    George R R Martin said about character “When people debate whether someone is a good person or a bad person that shows you have created a real character. If everyone thinks your character’s a hero or a villain, then you’re writing cardboard.”
    Character archetypes are fascinating, especially in novel writing because the archetype can suggest one thing and the character’s thoughts can subvert that making a much more complex character. I agree with you J in that archetypes are a valuable thing to study as they are a great place to start when creating some characters.
    I like the idea of linking character to theme, although a question I usually have is; “what is the theme of my novel?”
    Great show today guys.

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