Bare Knuckle Writer

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The world—and in this context, by ‘world’, I mean the part of it that gives writing advice—is full of articles discussing character motivations and choices. Why does your character do this and not that? Why did they press that button? Why did they fuck that guy? Why, why, why?

It’s a good question. As questions go, it’s one of my personal favourites.* But here’s my tweak: the reason your character has for doing stuff…it doesn’t have to be a good one. In fact, a lot of the time, it’s better if it’s not a good one. And by ‘good’, I mean ‘the best possible choice in the circumstances.’

Why? I’m glad you asked.

Nothing is more boring that perfection.** And boring characters kill stories like the cold, heartless assassins they are. So fuck…

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