Jocelyn asked Katie McGarry:

When you're creating a character, how do you give them believable flaws, but not so many as to make them unlikable? And when you're planning 'problems' for the main character{s} to encounter throughout the storyline, how can you make sure you don't go overboard, thus making it unrealistic?

Katie McGarry Hi Jocelyn,

I look to myself when creating my characters. I'm flawed, but there are people who still love me. We are all flawed and so I keep that in mind when writing. What's important is to make a character that, while has a flaw, is still loving and caring to at least one other character--like Noah with his brothers in Pushing the Limits.

As for problems--I try to limit the amount of problems my characters have in an attempt to keep it "realistic." Even though in reality--we often have multiple problems at one time.

Thank you for the question!


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