Characters in a novel aren’t real but they need to portray real-life human experience. For this reason, the main characters must be ‘fleshed out’ to mirror or resemble persons with flaws, peculiarities, contradictions, motivations, and goals. The writer creates individual differences, conflicts, and traits for each character whether they be protagonist, antagonist, confidant, foil..etcetera. This helps the reader to understand and relate to their problems, resulting in feelings of compassion for these fictional people. What’s more, as they continue reading they may discover a thing or two about themselves within the pages.
Now to my own progress with Alley Rose, the book I’m working on now. Let me clarify. I’m trying to write it -now and then, and here and there. Plenty of starts and stops along the way. The characters are gradually developing into what I hope will be interesting, and right for the storyline. If not for the grace and mercy of God I couldn’t have gotten this far. You see, my memory seems erratic sometimes. Another issue is my focus. I am easily distracted and often wonder if I have a sensory processing disorder. It’s been like that for a long time. It’s nothing God can’t handle. He knows how to help me over the hurdles so I can stay the course.
We humans are challenged to jump over the hurdles or obstacles that get in the way of reaching our goals and dreams. From here we usually grow in some way and learn a great life lesson. One of our big obstacles is character flaws. (No pun intended) It’s inevitable that we all possess them. Thankfully, we can overcome them by seeking the One who gives us victory over sin. The first step is admitting we have them. Regardless of what they may be. Dishonesty. Vanity. Cowardice. Insincerity. Self-pity. Vengefulness. The list seems endless. Yet it doesn’t matter which ones or how many we have. Jesus Christ is willing and able to set us free.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:57
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. I Corinthians 5:4
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. Galatians 5:4
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