Usually when I post on Magical Words, I talk about something general like queries or plotting or submissions. Today I want to talk about something very specific: tightly self-contained characters. This is something very close to my heart, because I have the tendency to write characters who hold themselves apart from the world, who are in control and don’t need or want your help, thank you very much. I have authors who write these sorts of characters as well, and as a consequence have to go through more than their fair share of revisions to draw in editorial interest because these sorts of characters have a difficult time forming emotional connections with the reader just as they do the other characters with whom they interact.
Mind you, there are ways around this.
One such way is to make your hero or heroine an unreliable narrator, so that when he [...]
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