These individuals whine. They moan. They blame everyone and everything for their woes. They refuse to accept responsibility for their actions or make the necessary changes to achieve their dreams. They're spineless, whimpering cowards who can't look a person in the eye or tell the truth, and they drive me nuts!
What got me started on this tirade? In tweet-speak, it can be explained by #amwriting and #amreading.
I am writing. Well, to be honest, I'm always writing, but right now I'm planning to write the second book of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries. I start in earnest January 1, 2012. So far, I've got the title. I've got a dead guy. I'm got the regular cast of characters who appeared in Frank, Incense and Muriel. What I love about them collectively and individually is their strength. They're people I admire and enjoy spending time with. There's not one weak kneed, lily-livered wimp amongst them.
They're fun to write. They're also fun to read.
Just last night I finished a book where the protagonist breaks up with her boyfriend in the final chapter. She tells him he's weak. (He is!) Their relationship, she explains, will never work because she doesn't have the stamina or wherewithall to hold them both up for the longterm. In short, he's high maintenance with a very low return!
That sums it all up for me. Strong versus weak will always win the day. Think Scarlett O'Hara, Robert Langdon, Hannibal Lecter, or Harry Potter. Regardless of age, gender, genre or whether heroine or villain, a strong, willful character makes for better writing and better reading.
So, what character trait drives you crazy? Which one tips you over the edge? Ah, come on. Spill. Don't be a weak kneed, lily-livered wimp... ;-)
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