On Writing Good Characters

Science Fiction and Fantasy fans are no strangers to the suspension of disbelief.  Part of the joy of reading in these genres is immersing yourself in a world that exists only in the minds of the author and his or her readers.  And yet, paradoxically, the thing that distinguishes good writing from bad in these genres is whether these imaginary worlds – and especially the characters within them – are believable.  Kate Elliott, the author of several fantasy series, has written an excellent piece on Tor.com, called Writing Women Characters As Human Beings.  Although the title of the piece references women characters specifically, what she says is also applicable to writing good characters in general, and raises interesting questions for readers to consider when evaluating how an author has constructed the society in which a story takes place.  What do you think of Kate Elliot’s ideas, and of the discussion that follows?


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