Often in fiction, we read about a character with a major flaw. The flaw serves as a challenge to the character, but also gives the character something to overcome during the story. Readers want to see that character overcome and be the hero they were meant to be.
For my main character in Native Shifter, I gave Rayen the flaw of being resistant to change. When she wakes up as a wolf after a battle, a drastic change is forced on her. She continues to resist the reality of her situation and this keeps her from the things she wants, including the very thing she wants the most - being human again.
With fiction, we love to see someone overcome their obstacles both on the inside and outside.
But what about real people? Do we ever think about our own flaws and how they could be holding us back from our dreams? Perhaps we have been convinced over the years when certain things went wrong that this flaw will never go away. Ask yourself, what am I doing that keeps myself from the things I want to accomplish?
It doesn’t matter if the flaw never fully goes way. Knowing is most of the battle and not giving into it day after day is the important thing. For a long time I knew shyness and being under confident was an issue for me, but I never really saw it as something that held me back until I was older. I always used to think – that’s just the way I am. But now when I have doubt, I just tell myself to go for it anyway despite all fears.
The next time you write or read about a new character try to find their flaw. How does it make them interesting to you?
As for real life, do a flaw check with yourself and you just might unlock your dreams.
Have a great week! Good luck to all the Nanos.