So I am reading an entry in “The Daily Writer” by Fred White. April 3rd’s entry is titled “Candor”. Candor, according to dictionary.com means: “the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness: The candor of the speech impressed the audience.”
Anywho, White points out that it is important to not “overlook the blemishes, the distasteful quirks of your characters’ personalities and actions.” He states that showing these flaws “heightens authenticity” of a story. As a writer, i could not agree with him more. Creating Stepford-Wiveslike characters that are perfect in every way just seems so unreal, uninteresting, and annoying. Is it just me or does reading about little miss Perfect get on your nerves too? Maybe it’s just me.
What about in real life? Can you appreciate the character blemishes and unsavory behavior in person or would you rather the sugar-coated version of human nature? What’s your two cents?
❤ A ❤