Sunday, July 25, 2010

Wannabe Writers #26

Wannabe Writers is a writing group for the un-published and anyone is welcome to join. It's a place where future authors can ask questions, share stories, and get feedback. Click ( here) to find more about how it works.

Where I am in the writing process: Working on my WIP that I started about 2 years ago. I'm in the 4th beginning draft. Meaning it's never had a full middle or end, but it's been started over many upon many times.

My current problem(s): No time to write! Between family being down, a wedding coming up - not mine, my best friend's - , stalking out twitter/Garrett Minds board for Comic Con updates, and now trying to plan my niece's 11th birthday in an Alice in Wonderland theme (WHY OH WHY DON'T THEY HAVE PARTY SUPPLIES FOR THIS!) I haven't touched my story in a week and a half. God help me hit that deadline!

This week's question: Character Flaws. Okay, I know I need those to make my characters realistic, but I also know the flaws shouldn't make the reader hate your character. So what are some good, hero-worthy, none-hateable, character flaws?

My answer: I think having self doubt is a good character flaw. I'm always for characters that aren't doormats, can kick some ass, but at the same time they can't be assure of themselves all the time. Most people, like myself, second guess themselves. Not just tiny things, but choices I've made in life, where this relationship is going, etc. I think a character having moments of doubt (please don't get that confused with whiny pity parties. I cannot stand characters that are boo-hooing all the time), make them more realistic and more relatable.


  1. I hope the current WIP finds a middle and an end. I know it's hard to find the time to write when other things take priority. Good luck this week!

  2. I'm with you on the time constraints! It's amazing how many things pop up when you're trying to get writing done.

    I'm really surprised Disney didn't jump on the bandwagon for party supplies. You're the third or forth person planning a party with that theme. It's not like Disney to miss out on a buck or two.

    Hope everything goes smoothly!

  3. Summers are insane for time-constraints! I hope you find time to work again soon.

  4. J.L. - Thanks! I'll definitely need it.

    Witless - I know! We've gone everywhere finding stuff for her party. It's been kind of fun one hand having to think of our own crazy things, but on the other hand it's so annoying, lol

    Amanda - Thanks! I hope I find some time too. I think after this week is done (wedding is Sat, birthday is Sun) I'll be set for some hardcore writing time.

  5. Time is always an issue, so I totally understand your pain there.

    Also, thanks for connecting with me on my 365 Days of Novel Writing adventure. It's been a wild ride.

    You have a way cool the format, background, etc.


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