Fiction and Fantasy

Character Issues – Flash Post

I’ve been having a really hard time working on one of my characters in The Victor’s Blade. Much of her purpose has been changed, and she’s never been one of my favorite characters, although I wanted her to be one that the readers cared about deeply.

One of the biggest questions for me is “Do I still need her?” Can the plot work without her?

And one of the biggest problems with this character is that she acts way too much like Emarella. I can’t have carbon-copy personalities.

From one writer to another, anybody got any tips on how to get some good inspiration for tweaking a character?

If you’re interested in seeing this discussion’s progression, check out this week’s post!

For Him, to Him


  1. I'd say give that character a slightly different personality. Sure, some similarities may happen that could be minor like a character agreeing with someone. I'd say give that other character a goal that's different than Emarella's. Maybe that would be a good start.

  2. Thanks, Curtis! I'll definitely keep that in mind. Maybe I can spin the wheel on the Enneagram and see if there's any of the 9 major personalities that I don't have featured in the story yet. 🙂

  3. You're welcome. Give it a try to give her a different personality.

  4. Thanks again! I started typing up a reply to your comment, but it ended up being a little wordy, so I think I'll just turn it into the next blog post! 🙂

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