As an editor, I’m drawn to likeable characters. That may be a strange thing to say, but if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. If I don’t like your characters, I figure the readership of this magazine won’t like them either.
This doesn’t mean your characters have to be angels. It does mean they must have enough good qualities that a reader can empathize with them.
So, if your characters do something questionable, you have to make what they do understandable. The reader must be able to say, in that situation and with that personal background, I can understand why this or that character acted that way.
The reader needs someone to identify with.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.
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