My friend Rose B. Fischer, with whom you are familiar on this blog thanks to her regular contributions, has recently released the first book in a writing craft series: Write Away: Quick Guide to Character Flaws.
Rose B. Fischer is an avid fan of foxes, Stargate: SG-1, and Star Trek. She would rather be on the Enterprise right now. Since she can’t be a Starfleet Officer, she became a speculative fiction author whose stories feature women who defy cultural stereotypes.In her fictional worlds, gender is often fluid, sexuality exists on a spectrum, and “disability” does not define an individual. She publishes science fiction, science fantasy, horror, and biographical essays. To find out more, visit her website or her Amazon Author page.
This short ebook is the first in a series of down and dirty guides to help new and established fiction writers handle tough aspects of their craft. Their down to earth style and no-fluff approach will get you back to your book as quickly as possible.
Quick Guide to Character Flaws examines the main characters from Star Wars and shows you how to pick apart positive and negative aspects of a character to drive your story forward. As a special note to Sith Lords and other Dark Siders, Lord Vader does not appear here because he will get his own detailed analysis in the next Write Away book.
Rose accepted to answer a couple of questions about the book.
NG: What prompted you to write this writing craft series?
Fischer:I’m in a lot of writing groups and forums. One way I do like to participate is to answer questions. Over the summer I noticed that the same questions would come up over and over. The series is a way to give more detailed answers.
NG: Why begin with character flaws?
Fischer: I had almost the entire introduction saved in a file because I kept answering the flaws question. LOL. I just said, “Okay, start here.” It seems to be an issue for a lot of writers. I can help.
NG: Are there certain flaws that are more recurrent than others in your own writing?
Fischer: Shortsightedness and tunnelvision are the biggest ones. My characters are often goal-driven workaholics. They know what they want and go after it, but it gets them in trouble because they can’t see the big picture or look at anyone else’s perspective. A lot of them will decide they are right about something and refuse to see alternatives or consider they might be wrong. It’s great if it means loyalty to a friend, but even loyalty can be misplaced, and excessive confidence and stubbornness can lead to all kinds of problems.