Diary of a bad writer – Week 80

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Tuesday August 11th, 8:00pm – (before bed)

I was reading about a main character that wanted to be a superhero. Very young, with NO experience fighting. After taking on the biggest and baddest villian in the area…”Dreadnought” was beaten close to death.  

This shocked me into turning the NEXT page, and reminded me what Robert Frost said:

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” – Robert Frost

My best writing has characters with flaws that need redemption. Be sure to create a character with a problem we want to turn the page – to see how they are redeemed.

As Always, I Remind You To Keep Writing 

Man writing 



  One thought on “Diary of a bad writer – Week 80

  1. August 15, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Absolutely. If we as writers do not engage with our characters, how would we expect others to do that? It sounds selfish.
    Yes, characters are always more interesting when they’re not just one-dimensional. Great reminders!

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  2. August 14, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Very good point. I think a good writer is one who can make the writing emotive and the feelings palpable, really believing in the characters and sense of intrigue themselves to draw it out in their readers. I find most books can be hugely gripping with a engaging character, one that you want to keep reading more about because you care about them in some way and want to know what happens next to them or how they’re redeemed.

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  3. August 12, 2020 at 3:11 am

    Excellent advice, Darnell! I’m considering killing off one of the characters in my novel but I’m not sure I can bring myself to…

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    • August 12, 2020 at 3:41 am

      I understand. It’s hard killing off one of your babies.🙂

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      • August 12, 2020 at 3:44 am

        If I do, I’ll probably have to being them back again. Lost, but not gone forever… a bit like the Hound 😉

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      • August 12, 2020 at 3:46 am

        Yes, a feat only a writer can do.😏

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  4. August 12, 2020 at 3:07 am

    Which is why Batman has ALWAYS been a much better superhero to read……he has flaws everywhere where as Superman only has two….which makes him boring

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    • August 12, 2020 at 3:39 am

      Good point!

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    • August 14, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      Hahah good point. I’ve always much preferred Batman over Superman. Not sure why, I just have. I thought it was the sexy, sleek appeal, but maybe it was just that he has more interesting flaws than Superman!

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      • August 14, 2020 at 1:06 pm

        We love reading about their flaws. It makes them just like us🤗 Have a wonderful weekend Caz!

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      • August 14, 2020 at 4:02 pm

        Batman is a much more flawed hero which makes him all that more human….one with plenty of mental issues.

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      • August 14, 2020 at 4:48 pm

        I guess that’s why we have so much empathy on the character. I know I do.

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  5. August 12, 2020 at 2:17 am

    Clippit of your mind 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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