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Character Flaws: Create Depth and Drive the Plot

Learn how to decide and develop your character's flaws in a way that drives the narrative and engages readers.

Character Flaws: Create Depth and Drive the Plot

Learn how to decide and develop your character's flaws in a way that drives the narrative and engages readers.
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About the Class

Flaws are one of the most important characteristics we consider when designing a character. This is because they are intimately connected to the plot and the goals of the story. This course is designed to help you avoid major pitfalls that result in weak characters whose traits do not push the narrative forward and whose behaviors lack consistency and resonance.

We will address:

  1. The difference between character flaws and weaknesses, and how to balance these things when developing your character
  2. The importance of character flaws and weaknesses as they relate to your plot, the character’s relationship to the reader, and the character’s relationship to other characters
  3. Types of flaws your character might possess and how each of these types affects the story you tell
  4. Making sure your flaws are strategic so that you maximize the plot as well as the reader’s investment in the story and the character
  5. Understanding how flaws affect both the surface, action-based story you are telling as well as the emotional understory that the whole novel is about
  6. Creating characters whose actions are consistent and meaningful by Relating flawed actions to the character’s underlying beliefs
  7. Questions to help you flesh your character out
  8. What to do when your character has no identifiable flaws and you like it that way

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Barbara Vance

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Level: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour 17 minutes
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