Friday, June 06, 2014
Real Life is Sometimes Stereotypical - Our Writing Can't Be
There is a reason why stereotypes exist, sometimes there is a grain of truth in them, but none of us wants to be defined by a stereotype, and in fiction it's just plain boring. As writers it's our job to mix things up and surprise our readers.
Because this story was based on something that really happened, I didn't want to change my characters to the point where they were unrecognizable, so, when I found my characters fitting into neat compartments, I asked myself, what would I not expect from this character? Then I emphasised gave each character at least one major trait that defied stereotype.
Have you ever written stereotypical characters? What did you do to change that?
Posted by Rondi Olson