Thursday, November 4, 2010

NEW ARTICLE: Author Dean Koontz's List of 5 Preferred Traits for Leading Characters

Author Dean Koontz' List of Five Preferred Character Traits for Leading Characters
by Kimberly Ivey Copyright 2010
(The information in this article is based on Koontz' book, How To Write Bestselling Fiction.)

1. Virtue

Your protagonist should know the difference between right and wrong, and although they can make mistakes, they always end up doing the right thing.

2. Competence

No one cares about an idiot or a fool. Readers want stories about characters who aren't afraid to stand up for themselves and look for solutions to their problems.

3. Courage

We do not identify with cowards. People want to read about characters who face their problems and don't try to run away or escape the consequences of their own actions.

4. Likeability

Most people do not like "snobs." Make them likeable.

5. Imperfection

Koontz says that only James Bond can get away with being perfect. He suggests you give your character a couple of flaws.

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