Some food for thought: a great post on one of my favourite subjects — character motivation. Well worth a read for all you aspiring writers!
This week, let’s take a look at another common complaint from readers, and one I find particularly difficult to take seriously. I’ve opined enough by now—I hope—on the subject of realism vs. plausibility and the complaint, “It was unrealistic.” But this one, which is related in many ways, is lots more troublesome, and in some cases can actually be blamed on the reader.
By now you’ve probably noticed that I tend to side with the reader in almost every case. If most people hate your ending it probably means your ending sucked. If most people think your characters do things for no reason, it probably means you haven’t paid enough attention to motivation. Let’s leave aside for today the very difficult to answer question, “How do you know you’re hearing from ‘most people?’ ” and get into a complaint from readers that I think is unfair to the author, and based…
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