It’s Mason Monday. The Greeks knew a thing or maybe two.

Admittedly, I have an obsession with the classics. Why? Okay, so I am one of those people that believes that there is nothing that hasn’t written about. That doesn’t mean we as story tellers cannot evoke our readers in new ways. In ways that are distinctive to us as story tellers.

The best type of tragic hero, according to Aristotle, exists “between these extremes . . . a person who is neither perfect in virtue and justice, nor one who falls into misfortune through vice and depravity, but rather, one who succumbs through some miscalculation”

I love flawed characters. Not one too dumb to live. Characters that make decisions for the right and wrong reasons because their state of mind is such that the action makes sense. Plot is important but each of the characters reaction to what is going on should be unique to them and should alter the outcome.

Nothing makes me crazier than when a character that has always done X is going to do Z so the author can navigate the plot as they see fit. I’m sure you’ve already that book. Throw it at the wall or whatever. I’m not pointing any fingers. All I’m saying is that had the change in the characters reaction been built into the story, I would have gone along with it.

Make me, believe your make-believe magic.

Back to writing,

Darkness ♀♂ Desires

About Susan Hanniford Crowley

Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Author
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