The extremely occasional blog of Colleen Lindsay, professional nerd, cat herder, publishing optimist, and sartorial tragedy.
Part One: The FormulaPart Two: When Things Go Wrong (Pay careful attention to Item #5!)Part Three: Deconstructing Urban Fantasy
Thanks for the link to this post, Colleen! I read all three sections in one sitting. It was absolutely fascinating!
At the essense of this issue is the difficulty in writing balanced characters. Especially in genre writing, story trumphs characters. Once again, balance between character development, traits, backstory, motivation; along with story, description, etc. Only the very best of writers can pull it all off. And none of them are perfect.
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