Blog Hop Part II – Good with a Dash of Bad?

Okay, now I’m getting the hang of this! Thank you Angelika Devlyn for steering me in the right direction.

Yesterday I was supposed to post this author question and give my answer as part of the Blog Hop: Thursday, June 23rd 2011:
QUESTION: When creating a main character, is it better to start with a good girl/guy with a drop of “bad”, or a bad girl/guy with a drop of “good”? Question provided by author Lara Z

MY ANSWER: I personally don’t create main characters that way. I look at what the character’s main goals are. I look at what they’re willing to do to achieve them. Then I put the obstacles in their way – how will they handle them? I believe a character’s motivation directly impacts their decision-making, and their interpretation of “good versus bad.”

If the perfect opportunity arises to torture, then murder someone who has done something heinous to a “good” character (let’s say her name is Lily) – and she knows there’s NO way she can get caught – why shouldn’t she take advantage of that? To the reader, that’s probably BAD, but in Lily’s head, it may be the only way to survive. Does that make HER bad?

I think perhaps the true answer to this question is: if you want a good character to do bad things – what weaknesses do you give them? The same recipe goes for a bad guy doing good.

Thanks for visiting me on the Blog Hop!

About ksbrooks

K.S. Brooks is an award-winning writer and photographer, author of more than thirty titles, and administrator of the multi-national, multi-author, award-winning site Indies Unlimited. Brooks’ feature articles, poetry, and photography have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, and other publications both in the U.S. and abroad. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit
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