Walking contradictions are characters who have some kind of irreconcilable conflict, either internal or external or a combination thereof. Let's see if we can develop some irreconcilable conflict for the main characters of the one-liners we've got going: 1. Our human-rights-attorney story: When the money runs out before the case against his transgender partner is over, a human rights lawyer … Continue reading Walking Contradictions: Show us what you’ve got!
Walking Contradictions: How the Masters Do It
We're looking at how to make our characters more interesting by giving them lots of irreconcilable conflict. Here are some examples I've noticed in the stories I've read or watched recently. As usual, I will add more examples as I come across them in my readings. For now... Andy Weir’s The Martian The main character … Continue reading Walking Contradictions: How the Masters Do It
The Irreconcilable Self: Creating character paradoxes
This week we’re looking at how to infuse our characters with irreconcilable conflict and make them, as Paula Munier says, "walking contradictions." Contradiction in Character "You can build more plausible, complex characters if they want not just one thing but two that are in conflict," says Nancy Kress. Karl Iglesias calls these two things in … Continue reading The Irreconcilable Self: Creating character paradoxes