I've made it a goal of mine to never write weak characters. That may sound weirdly definitive from a girl who's not even fifteen, but I have reasons. And I even numbered them for you.
- Strong characters are awesome. If characters are well-written enough, no matter how bad their actions may be, they'll be intriguing.
- I use my characters to inspire me.
- If I'm going to be immersed in their stories for a year, they'd better be interesting.
- I'm pretty sure weak characters aren't sarcastic.
- There are enough vanilla portrayals of people in already-written novels. Often, they're stereotypes: the ditzy blonde, the nerd, the football player, the soccer mom, the clueless dad. Even if they are popular, they only work well with a certain demographic and become dated outside of that group. Anyway, there are enough Bella Swans out there to last us a long time.
Any more reasons out there? Share them in the comments.
Also, I've been working on a historical fiction short-story about Judas, inspired by my contemplative mood on Good Friday and of course, Jesus's Passion and Crucifixion. I'll post that tomorrow night!