Character Development Category Archive

Kill Them with Kindness

Last week, I was on the phone with a lady who was not very nice. As great as the temptation was, I resisted and was extremely kind to her. I thanked her for her time and she quickly got off the phone not knowing how to respond.

When I hung up, Cale said, “You killed her with kindness, didn’t you.”

Yup, I sure had.

Recently, I’ve seen an influx of angsty characters, mean for the one reason that they can use harsh sarcasm which can be funny. That’s great and yes, sometimes it works incredibly well, but what’s happening to the nice characters out there? Where have they gone?

Sad as it is, in real life, mean people tend to stay mean and nice people tend to stay nice. I’m not sure if I can one hundred percent believe your character going from mean to nice or bad to good in the course of a few hundred pages.

I say, bring back the nice characters who go through genuine character development. Give your character a personality that goes beyond snippy words and actions. Trust me, your reader will appreciate it. :)