Before you all huff and puff and throw things at the PC screen, let me say in my defence that it’s pretty much the only thing I watch on TV at the moment AND I do other things (like this blog!) while it’s on.
I would like to predict, that none of the nasty people (not mentioning any names but anything-but-melodious ‘Melody’ from last night’s episode, for one) will NOT win.
This is because we don’t, on the whole, like self-centred, arrogant people who love themselves. Bear this in mind when you’re writing! The reader needs to LIKE the main character! We don’t want a hero who’s cowardly or mean-spirited or cruel to animals. That may sound really obvious to you but when someone told me that once, a few years ago, it was a ‘lightbulb moment’ for me.
But it’s a no-brainer really, isn’t it? (Sorry, awful expression!). Your hero or heroine doesn’t have to be perfect – in fact it’s probably better if they’ve got the odd flaw or two, just to make them a little more believable – BUT as readers we are looking for heroic characteristics in our heroes. We want to follow characters who are feisty or brave, generous or kind, funny or clever, charming or go-getting; characters who don’t give up, who stand up for themselves and others, characters we’d like to be friends with – heck, characters we’d like to BE!
Don’t write about boring dull people, who never do anything. There’s enough of those in the real world.