Creating a Conscience for Your Character…


Qualm – definition: an uneasy feeling or pang of conscience as to conduct

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When creating the protagonist and antagonist in our stories, we give each opposing views and/or values. This is the basis of the conflict that carries our readers along their journey. Character development is a vital element of our narrative. Each character, whether major or minor, needs to have flaws and redeeming features, motivations, expectations, loyalties and deterrents.

Here is a good post by Kathy : http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/ten-character-development-tips/

We should also consider giving our characters a conscience. Will the hero question his actions if they are extreme to his morals? Does the villain have a deep seated angst? What motivates them?

Another great post here by S. Jae-Jones:

http://sjaejones.com/blog/2010/heroes-villains/

Their battles with their conscience and how they come to terms with conflicts within themselves has to be believable. A vegetarian isn’t going to eat raw meat on page 33!

Have you struggled with a character’s conscience issues?

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